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Sep 2020

NFSA + DNA

An iconic moment which has metaphorically become part of Australia’s DNA – Cathy Freeman's historic Olympic victory from 20 years ago – is now stored on actual DNA, thanks to a new NFSA data storage pilot project.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 25 Sep 2020
Television
Feb 2020

Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

On 14 February 2020, it is 120 years since the (fictional) events in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes from Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975.

By Jenny Gall / 3 Feb 2020
Documents
Film
Mar 2019

Australia in Colour

The NFSA provided nearly three-quarters of the footage used in the groundbreaking four-part series Australia in Colour.

Film
Television
Oct 2018

Heath Ledger on playing Ned Kelly

Jennifer Coombes looks at costume sketches and continuity polaroids of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Ned Kelly, as featured in the exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures at the NFSA.

By Jennifer Coombes / 3 Oct 2018
Documents
Film
Photographs
Aug 2018

Heath Ledger: A Portrait

Heath Ledger’s career and life were tragically cut short, but his international success and the calibre of his performances will endure the test of time.

By Graham Shirley / 6 Aug 2018
Film
Television
Jul 2018

Model 'Newsfront' Holden Panel Van

We've recently acquired a die-cast model of a Cinesound Film Unit FJ Holden panel van, similar to that featured in the classic Australian film Newsfront.

By Jessica Bolton / 24 Jul 2018
Film
Object
Feb 2018

Louie the Fly

A look at the creation of the iconic 'Louie the Fly' jingle, named by the NFSA in 2018 as one of the Sounds of Australia.

By Amanda Diaz / 21 Feb 2018
Sound
Television

Characters and costumes

Jenny Gall takes a look at some classic Australian film costumes and how they've shaped the memorable characters who wore them.

By Jenny Gall / 9 Feb 2018
Film
Object
Dec 2017

Mr Squiggle's Christmas cards

This collection of hand-illustrated greeting cards from Mr Squiggle creator Norman Hetherington to Pat Lovell is representative of a wonderful working friendship.

By Jessica Bolton / 20 Dec 2017
Documents
Television
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