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May 2021

Moulin Rouge! Red Satin Dress

A look at the red satin dress worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!, on the film's 20th anniversary.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 May 2021
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Dec 2019

2019 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2019?

By Adam Blackshaw / 11 Dec 2019
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Sep 2019

Starstruck Online

After successful seasons in Canberra, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Bathurst and Geraldton between 2017 and 2019, you can now find highlights from the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition online.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 24 Sep 2019
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Mar 2019

Starstruck: Betty Bryant

A look at Betty Bryant, once Australia’s most famed film ingénue, who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, now open on the Gold Coast.

By Tenille Hands / 6 Mar 2019
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Dec 2018

2018 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2018?

By Adam Blackshaw / 17 Dec 2018
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Oral History
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Radio
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Sep 2018

A Portrait of Pearl

Jennifer Coombes explores the life of Pearl Schweig, an actress from the 1930s Cinesound casting books who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 Sep 2018
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Apr 2018

Casting Diana Du Cane

The granddaughter of actress Diana Du Cane contacted us after seeing her grandmother in one of the Cinesound casting books featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

By Jennifer Coombes / 11 Apr 2018
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Mar 2018

Rachel Ward on The Thorn Birds

To mark 35 years since the premiere of The Thorn Birds mini-series, we take a look at the original costume design sketches in the NFSA collection and talk to Rachel Ward.

By Tenille Hands / 26 Mar 2018
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Feb 2018

Characters and costumes

Jenny Gall takes a look at some classic Australian film costumes and how they've shaped the memorable characters who wore them.

By Jenny Gall / 9 Feb 2018
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Oct 2017

Starstruck casting books

These 1930s Cinesound casting books form the heart of the NFSA and National Portrait Gallery collaborative exhibition, 'Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits'.

By Jennifer Coombes / 31 Oct 2017
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