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Oct 2017

John O'Connell

When it comes to dance and choreography, John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell needs no introduction.

By Mel Bondfield / 4 Oct 2017
Film
Sep 2017

Killer cans and Babe: Making Optical Effects

Roger Cowland recalls his work in film optical effects on films like Babe and Mad Max.

By Nathan Smith / 20 Sep 2017
Film
Oral History

Tara Morice

Twenty-five years after the release of Strictly Ballroom, the NFSA's Miguel Gonzalez caught up with one of the stars of the film, Tara Morice.

By Mel Bondfield / 13 Sep 2017
Film
Television
Aug 2017

Paul Mercurio

Twenty-five years on, Paul Mercurio talks to the NFSA's Miguel Gonzalez about his life and career after the success of Strictly Ballroom.

By Mel Bondfield / 24 Aug 2017
Film

Remembering Strictly Ballroom

In an exclusive interview, Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice share memories of the movie that launched their big-screen careers.

By Mel Bondfield / 16 Aug 2017
Film

Strictly Ballroom turns 25

The NFSA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Strictly Ballroom with a bold new online exhibition and curated collection.

By Mel Bondfield / 14 Aug 2017
Film

A 1950s autograph book

The stars of Australian radio serials and cinema touched the lives of many, but one Sydney teenager of the 1950s had the autograph book to prove it.

By Jessica Bolton / 9 Aug 2017
Object

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound