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Mar 2020

The NFSA is Always Open Online

Our doors may be closed temporarily but when it comes to the NFSA, we are always open online.

By Noel Wheatley / 23 Mar 2020
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television

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
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
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
Apr 2018

NFSA Restores: Snowy Baker

The NFSA restores three silent films starring Snowy Baker - Australian Olympian, filmmaker and trainer of Hollywood stars.

By Nathan Smith / 18 Apr 2018
Film
Jan 2018

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

Restoring 'The Cheaters', a 1929 silent film by the pioneering McDonagh sisters.

By Tara Marynowsky / 10 Jan 2018
Film
Feb 2016

JP McGowan

David Donaldson, the inaugural Director of the Sydney Film Festival, shines a light on the career of South Australian-born Hollywood pioneer JP McGowan.

By David Donaldson / 15 Feb 2016
Film