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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
Object
Photographs
May 2018

Louise Lovely: 1916 fan mail

The NFSA recently acquired two signed photographs of silent film star Louise Lovely and a letter of hers responding to a fan in 1916.

By Jenny Gall / 22 May 2018
Film
Object
Photographs
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
Object
Photographs
Jan 2016

The Johnny O'Keefe scrapbooks

Curator Tamara Osicka on the secrets contained in the scrapbooks created by Johnny O'Keefe's mother Thelma.

By Tamara Osicka / 27 Jan 2016
Documents
Object
Photographs
Nov 2015

Glass Slides

Through this glass slide we catch a glimpse of a European perspective of Australia, circa 1895.

By Beth Taylor / 30 Nov 2015
Film
Object
Mar 2015

Story of a dress

This is how a sequined dress bought in Paris by Yass woman Kathleen Coen in 1925 became part of Australia’s film history.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 6 Mar 2015
Film
Object
Dec 2014

2014 at the NFSA, Part 1

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 1 includes elephant heads, fake moustaches and the wild one.

By Adam Blackshaw / 22 Dec 2014
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Posters
Sound
May 2014

West Australian Aboriginal Performing Arts

Anna Haebich, a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University in Perth, showcases West Australian Aboriginal performing arts and the plays, music, dance and festivals in the NFSA collection.

By Anna Haebich / 20 May 2014
Film
Posters
Sound