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Sep 2017

AFL, 1933: Wave the two flags!

Footage of a 1933 AFL face-off between Victorian and South Australian teams gives us rare glimpses of two goal-kicking legends.

By Simon Smith / 27 Sep 2017
Film
Mar 2017

Cinesound's Sydney Harbour Bridge scoop

The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened 85 years ago and Cinesound Productions' newsreel secured the scoop of a lifetime.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Mar 2017
Film
Photographs
Feb 2017

Cricket legends in action, 100 years later

We had to build a custom-made device and photograph 465 frames in order to bring back to life a 1901 Kinora cricket film!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 21 Feb 2017
Film
Object
Oct 2016

Darling Harbour

The new NFSA documentary Steam on the Harbour showcases Darling Harbour as a busy railway goods yard, long before it became a Sydney tourist destination.

By Nicholas Behrens / 11 Oct 2016
Film
Apr 2016

Bellissimo! Rescuing vintage Italian films

Sally Jackson traces the journey of Italian films to Australia via World Film Distributors and through the hands of collectors to the NFSA.

By Sally Jackson / 1 Apr 2016
Film
Mar 2016

Trainspotting

A former railway signaller, Film Curatorial Officer Jeff Wray explores the train films of Roger McKenzie.

By Jeff Wray / 24 Mar 2016
Film
Oct 2015

Chaplins, goats and Bathing Beauties

Just another day at the races: Charlie Chaplin lookalikes and a Bathing Beauty competition from 1921.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Oct 2015
Film
Sep 2015

Les McLaren

Les McLaren is one of a group of Australian filmmakers who made significant documentaries in Papua New Guinea in the 1970s–1990s. We talked with him about their legacy.

By Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd / 10 Sep 2015
Film

PNG's 40 years of independence

Michael Waterhouse is sharing rare 1930s film shot by his grandfather on the Papua New Guinea goldfields. He talks about tracking down and reconstructing his grandfather’s films.

By Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd / 9 Sep 2015
Film
Aug 2015

Australia's first Oscar

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

By Beth Taylor / 26 Aug 2015
Documents
Film