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May 2019

Indigenous Filmmaking: A Short History

Within a generation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers have become a vibrant presence in the centre of filmmaking in Australia.

By Liz McNiven / 27 May 2019
Film
Television
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
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

Newscaf: Apology to the Stolen Generations

The prime minister apologised to Australia's Indigenous peoples on 13 February 2008. We revisit the story through footage from the NFSA News and Current Affairs Program.

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Feb 2018
Television
Dec 2017

Harold Holt's disappearance

The disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, on 17 December 1967, remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Dec 2017
Film
Television
Jul 2016

TV history

Fifty years ago, on 21 June 1966, Australia was shocked when Labor and Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell was shot at close range by 19-year-old Peter Kocan.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 22 Jul 2016
Television
Jun 2016

Polish film posters

Some of the most striking film posters in the NFSA collection originate from Poland.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 1 Jun 2016
Documents
Film
Posters
May 2016

Caddie

The second part of our celebration of Caddie's 40th anniversary, focusing on the feminist legacy of the film.

By Adam Blackshaw / 5 May 2016
Documents
Film
Oral History
Photographs