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Mar 2019

Starstruck: Betty Bryant

A look at Betty Bryant, once Australia’s most famed film ingénue, who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, now open on the Gold Coast.

By Tenille Hands / 6 Mar 2019
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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
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Oct 2017

Home cinema, 1940s style

Meet 99-year-old Eddie Vormister and his homemade film projector.

By Jessica Bolton / 25 Oct 2017
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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
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Aug 2016

Fairlight

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

By Beth Taylor / 29 Aug 2016
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Staff Profile: Jennifer Gall

Meet Jenny Gall, Assistant Curator - Documents and Artefacts, who has a passion for the performing arts, an obsession with textiles and a love of musical instruments.

By Adam Blackshaw / 2 Aug 2016
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Feb 2016

Smithy turns 70

We celebrate the 70th anniversary of Charles Kingsford Smith biopic 'Smithy' with a look at Billy Hughes' cameo in the film.

By Beth Taylor / 15 Feb 2016
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Dec 2015

Santaland, 1946

It's 1946 and three-year-old Robin Voigt is meeting Santa Claus for the first time.

By Beth Taylor / 16 Dec 2015
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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
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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
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