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Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Mar 2020

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs

McDonagh sisters' filming locations

Can you help us identify these Sydney locations from landmark 1920s films made by the McDonagh sisters?

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Feb 2020

Australia's Diverse Radio History

On World Radio Day in 2020, we celebrate diversity in Australia's radio broadcasting history and the NFSA collection.

By Mel Bondfield / 12 Feb 2020
Radio
Nov 2019

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television
Oct 2019

Home Movie Marathon

The NFSA celebrates Home Movie Day 2019 by participating in a Home Movie Marathon that also coincides with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

By Jeff Wray / 17 Oct 2019
Film
Aug 2019

Charles Farrell Flies In

When Charles Farrell came to Australia in 1936 to appear in The Flying Doctor, he brought with him a touch of Hollywood glamour and the aura of a big-name star.

By Jeff Wray / 28 Aug 2019
Film
Jul 2019

Grace Gibson Radio

We're marking the 30th anniversary of the passing of radio entrepreneur Grace Gibson with the publication of some vintage radio dramas.

By Maryanne Doyle / 10 Jul 2019
Radio
Apr 2019

Vintage fashion in colour

Mark Foy's fashion parades from the 1940s and '50s, featuring designers Pierre Balmain and Schiaparelli, captured in gorgeous colour footage.

By Beth Taylor / 29 Apr 2019
Film
Feb 2019

NFSA Stories: The Way We Live

Three siblings starred in a film. Forty years later, they watched themselves on screen for the first time.

By Amanda Diaz / 4 Feb 2019
Film