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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

Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

On 14 February 2020, it is 120 years since the (fictional) events in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes from Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975.

By Jenny Gall / 3 Feb 2020
Documents
Film
Sep 2019

Starstruck on Tour

After successful seasons in Canberra, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Bathurst, the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition now opens in Geraldton, WA.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 24 Sep 2019
Object
Photographs
Posters
Aug 2019

Fredd Bear Costume

Fredd Bear, the much-loved children’s television character from the late 1960s and early 70s, has arrived at the NFSA.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Aug 2019
Television
Jan 2019

Constructing Australia: Pipe Dreams

Construction of the Perth to Coolgardie Water Scheme is a story of personal tragedy, political rivalries, corruption and trial by media that nearly tore apart Australia at the moment of its birth.

Film
Nov 2018

NFSA Stories: Outback geologist

Dr Charles Gower was delighted to watch himself in a government documentary, 45 years after it was filmed.

By Amanda Diaz / 5 Nov 2018
Film
Sep 2018

Annette Kellerman's amazing life

Overcoming childhood adversity, Australian silent movie star Annette Kellerman took on the world – swimming, acting, performing and writing herself into the history books.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Sep 2018
Film
Photographs
Jun 2018

Aelita: Queen of Mars

The NFSA has recently digitised to 4K the groundbreaking 1924 Russian science-fiction feature film 'Aelita: Queen of Mars'.

By Craig Dingwall / 7 Jun 2018
Film