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Oct 2020

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

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

By Tara Marynowsky / 12 Oct 2020
Film

Vale Helen Reddy

A tribute to the pioneering Australian singer Helen Reddy, who has passed away at age 78.

By Crispian Winsor / 2 Oct 2020
Sound
Sep 2020

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
Jun 2020

Deep Dive: Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway, along with her partner and collaborator Willy Zygier, performed a special concert at the NFSA.

By Travis Green / 18 Jun 2020
Sound
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

Vale Don Burrows

With the news of the passing of Don Burrows, Australia has lost a giant and pioneer of modern Australian jazz.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 13 Mar 2020
Sound

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
Jun 2019

NFSA Stories: 1920s Papua New Guinea

A visit to the NFSA gave one family history researcher the chance to learn more about the adventures of her great uncle in the early 1920s.

By Amanda Diaz / 3 Jun 2019
Film