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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
Dec 2019

Surfing and Surf Movies

From lifesaving to 'soul surfing’: Paul Byrnes tracks the history of surfing and surf movies in Australia.

By Paul Byrnes / 20 Dec 2019
Film
Sound
Oct 2019

Horror in Australian Cinema

A brief survey of Australian horror films from the outback thrillers of the 1970s to the work of the influential creators of Saw and The Babadook.

By Richard Kuipers / 17 Oct 2019
Film
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
Mar 2019

Australia in Colour

The NFSA provided nearly three-quarters of the footage used in the groundbreaking four-part series Australia in Colour.

Film
Television
Oct 2018

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2018 takes place on 27 October. The NFSA's Gayle Lake and Richard Vorobieff discuss the significance of preserving our heritage.

By Rachael Priddel / 26 Oct 2018

Heath Ledger on playing Ned Kelly

Jennifer Coombes looks at costume sketches and continuity polaroids of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Ned Kelly, as featured in the exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures at the NFSA.

By Jennifer Coombes / 3 Oct 2018
Documents
Film
Photographs
Sep 2018

Annette Kellerman's amazing life

Overcoming childhood adversity, Australian silent movie star Annette Kellerman took on the world – swimming, acting, performing and writing herself into the history books.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Sep 2018
Film
Photographs
Aug 2018

Heath Ledger: A Portrait

Heath Ledger’s career and life were tragically cut short, but his international success and the calibre of his performances will endure the test of time.

By Graham Shirley / 6 Aug 2018
Film
Television