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Dec 2015

Australia's cinema heritage

As the 120th anniversary of cinema in Australia creeps up on us, Curator Sally Jackson takes a moment to consider how Australians recognise their cinema heritage.

By Sally Jackson / 18 Dec 2015
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 remote archivists

NFSA experts understand the importance of sharing their knowledge and experience with their peers. Conservation Manager Mick Newnham recently spent five days training remote Indigenous archivists.

By Mick Newnham / 5 Aug 2015
Documents
Jul 2014

Caring for your collection

Do you want to learn how to extend the lifespan of your photo, music, film and video collections? You've come to the right place.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 21 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs
Sound

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs
Jun 2014

When a typhoon hits an archive

NFSA Senior Researcher Mick Newnham shares his expertise with South-East Asian archivists at SEAPAVAA in Vientiane, Laos.

By Mick Newnham / 18 Jun 2014
Film

Rare AFL footage released

The NFSA has released rare footage of one of Australian Rules football’s greatest players, Essendon forward John Coleman. Film curator Simon Smith made the discovery.

By Simon Smith / 6 Jun 2014
Film
Apr 2014

Thailand's fragile film heritage

Thai Film Archivist Kedsuda Jina recently visited the NFSA to learn about our preservation work. She told Clair Hurford that her country's heritage is in danger because of a lack of interest from the public.

By Clair Hurford / 9 Apr 2014
Film