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Oct 2020

Dawn Swane

Production designer Melinda Doring has donated her mother's unique collection of home movies, including never-before-seen footage of The Beatles.

By Tara Marynowsky / 29 Oct 2020
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

Restoring 'The Cheaters', a 1929 silent film by the pioneering McDonagh sisters.

By Tara Marynowsky / 12 Oct 2020
Film
Sep 2020

Deep Dive: Making Waves + Emma Bortignon

In 2020 the NFSA screened the documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, followed by a Q&A with award-winning Australian sound designer Emma Bortignon.

By Johnny Milner / 29 Sep 2020
Film

NFSA + DNA

An iconic moment which has metaphorically become part of Australia’s DNA – Cathy Freeman's historic Olympic victory from 20 years ago – is now stored on actual DNA, thanks to a new NFSA data storage pilot project.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 25 Sep 2020
Television
Apr 2020

Talking Pictures on Tour

In 1929, Hoyts – with help from Studebaker and the Shell Oil Company – loaded cinema sound equipment onto a truck so regional Australia could experience the latest in 'talking pictures'.

By Nathan Smith / 1 Apr 2020
Film
Mar 2020

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs

McDonagh sisters' filming locations

Can you help us identify these Sydney locations from landmark 1920s films made by the McDonagh sisters?

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Nov 2019

Happy 100th Felix!

To celebrate 100 years of Felix the Cat, we’ve reached into our magic bag of tricks to bring you some excerpts from the original cartoons.

By Mel Bondfield / 5 Nov 2019
Film
Sep 2019

Alternative Canberra Designs

The NFSA has acquired 24 glass slides by Walter Scott Griffiths illustrating his alternative vision for Australia’s future capital city.

By Tamara Osicka / 16 Sep 2019
Object
Aug 2019

Charles Farrell Flies In

When Charles Farrell came to Australia in 1936 to appear in The Flying Doctor, he brought with him a touch of Hollywood glamour and the aura of a big-name star.

By Jeff Wray / 28 Aug 2019
Film