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Sep 2018

A Portrait of Pearl

Jennifer Coombes explores the life of Pearl Schweig, an actress from the 1930s Cinesound casting books who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 Sep 2018
Film
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Photographs
Apr 2018

Casting Diana Du Cane

The granddaughter of actress Diana Du Cane contacted us after seeing her grandmother in one of the Cinesound casting books featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

By Jennifer Coombes / 11 Apr 2018
Film
Object
Mar 2018

Rachel Ward on The Thorn Birds

To mark 35 years since the premiere of The Thorn Birds mini-series, we take a look at the original costume design sketches in the NFSA collection and talk to Rachel Ward.

By Tenille Hands / 26 Mar 2018
Object
Television
Oct 2017

Starstruck casting books

These 1930s Cinesound casting books form the heart of the NFSA and National Portrait Gallery collaborative exhibition, 'Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits'.

By Jennifer Coombes / 31 Oct 2017
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Photographs

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
Jan 2016

Starstruck costumes

The musical comedy Starstruck (1982) and its colourful, outrageous costumes were ahead of their time.

By Beth Taylor / 25 Jan 2016
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Object
Apr 2015

Towards a level playing field

Bronwyn Dowdall and Shevaun O'Neill discuss the attention economy and what it means for archives today.

By Bronwyn Dowdall / 9 Apr 2015
Documents
Film
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Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television
Sep 2014

Caring for two million collection items

Stewart Shannon reveals some of the tricks and secrets that the Collection Management team use to keep the NFSA collection safe.

By Stewart Shannon / 22 Sep 2014
Object
Sep 2013

Hollywood in Australia: Part 3

In part three, Jeannette Delamoir considers what Franklyn Barrett's 1925 tour of Far North Queensland with The Ten Commandments tells us about Barrett, film attendance and regional Australian audiences.

By Jeannette Delamoir / 16 Sep 2013
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Photographs

Hollywood in Australia: Part 2

In part two, Jeannette Delamoir describes filmmaker Franklyn Barrett's preparations for, and staging of, a live prologue to The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland, 1925.

By Jeannette Delamoir / 16 Sep 2013
Film
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Photographs