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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
Sep 2016

Paralympics

An Adelaide dentist and amateur filmmaker has donated almost 10 hours of footage which helps chronicle the Australian and international Paralympic movement in the 1970s and 80s.

By Annie Breslin / 5 Sep 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
Feb 2016

Drifting

Film Preservation Officer Paul Heslin went to George Eastman Museum in New York, and was fascinated by the restoration of Tod Browning's Drifting.

By Paul Heslin / 26 Feb 2016
Film

JP McGowan

David Donaldson, the inaugural Director of the Sydney Film Festival, shines a light on the career of South Australian-born Hollywood pioneer JP McGowan.

By David Donaldson / 15 Feb 2016
Film
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