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Aug 2020

Gender Roles in 1940s Ads

A look back at the portrayal of women and men as homemakers and breadwinners in cinema advertising from the 1940s.

By Mel Bondfield / 7 Aug 2020
Film
Apr 2020

Australia's first Oscar

The first Academy Award ever won by an Australian is in the NFSA collection.

By Beth Taylor / 17 Apr 2020
Documents
Film

Anzac Day Marches

As public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day in 2020 are not going ahead because of COVID-19, we're sharing home movies of marches from Anzac Day in 1933, 1946 and 1980.

By Heather Gill / 15 Apr 2020
Film

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
Feb 2020

Bradman in Colour

A recently donated film reveals the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.

By Jeff Wray / 21 Feb 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
Apr 2019

Vintage fashion in colour

Mark Foy's fashion parades from the 1940s and '50s, featuring designers Pierre Balmain and Schiaparelli, captured in gorgeous colour footage.

By Beth Taylor / 29 Apr 2019
Film