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Oct 2021

Amateur Cine Societies

For World Home Movie Day 2021, curator Heather Gill highlights the work of Australia's amateur cine societies.

By Heather Gill / 14 Oct 2021
Film

The Beginnings of Television

In the first of a four-part series, Dr Jeannine Baker looks at the vital – and often unrecognised – role that women played in bringing the first Australian TV programs to air.

By Jeannine Baker / 11 Oct 2021
Documents
Film
Oral History
Photographs
Television
Aug 2021

The Shiralee: rare colour footage

We share a recently discovered colour home movie of NSW location shooting for the classic Australian film 'The Shiralee' (1957), starring Peter Finch.

By Jeff Wray / 16 Aug 2021
Film
Jul 2021

Eagle Rock

A rarely-seen experimental colourised version of Daddy Cool’s film clip for 'Eagle Rock' has been found and restored by the NFSA.

By Simon Smith / 5 Jul 2021
Film
Oral History
Sound
May 2021

Dame Nellie Melba lost footage

In celebration of the 160th anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba’s birth, we reveal previously unseen private footage of Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’.

By Simon Smith / 13 May 2021
Film
Oct 2020

Dawn Swane

Production designer Melinda Doring has donated her mother's unique collection of home movies, including never-before-seen footage of The Beatles.

By Tara Marynowsky / 29 Oct 2020
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television

Travel Home Movies

We mark World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and Home Movie Day with footage of Australia's top overseas travel destinations.

By Heather Gill / 21 Oct 2020
Film

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

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

By Tara Marynowsky / 12 Oct 2020
Film
May 2020

Mad Max 2 and 3: Costumes

Costume designer Norma Moriceau drew on her background in the London punk scene when creating iconic costumes for Mad Max 2 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

By Tara Marynowsky / 26 May 2020
Film
Photographs
Apr 2020

Talking Pictures on Tour

In 1929, Hoyts – with help from Studebaker and the Shell Oil Company – loaded cinema sound equipment onto a truck so regional Australia could experience the latest in 'talking pictures'.

By Nathan Smith / 1 Apr 2020
Film