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Dec 2017

Costume makes the courtesan

A look at the red satin dress worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!, as featured in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 5 Dec 2017
Film
Object
Oct 2017

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object

John O'Connell

When it comes to dance and choreography, John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell needs no introduction.

By Mel Bondfield / 4 Oct 2017
Film
Sep 2017

Reliving the 1980s

Our 100th curated collection is all about the 1980s, and it stars Charles and Diana, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Edna Everage, David Attenborough, Linda Burney, Ken Done, Michael Hutchence and many, many more.

By Beth Taylor / 4 Sep 2017
Film
Photographs
Television
Aug 2017

Strictly Ballroom turns 25

The NFSA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Strictly Ballroom with a bold new online exhibition and curated collection.

By Mel Bondfield / 14 Aug 2017
Film

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Bobo

The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.

By Adam Blackshaw / 21 Jul 2017
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Jun 2017

Feminist rockers you've never heard about

What would be the 'soundtrack of Australian feminist activism' of the 1970s? Sound Curator Nick Henderson has the answer.

By Nick Henderson / 9 Jun 2017
Sound