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Aug 2019

40 Years of Wonder World!

Celebrating 40 years of Simon Townsend's Wonder World! The show that changed the face of children's television in Australia.

By Mel Bondfield / 30 Aug 2019
Television

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
Jun 2019

20 Years: NFSA Annexe Opening

On 21 June 1999, Prime Minister John Howard opened a major extension to the NFSA building.

By Adam Blackshaw / 17 Jun 2019
Television
May 2019

Jeanne Little Listicle

Adored by Australian television audiences for decades, we list 12 reasons to love Jeanne Little.

By Beth Taylor / 9 May 2019
Television
Nov 2018

Retro Melbourne Cup TV Ad

This retro Woman's Day TV ad from 1982 uses race-calling to sell issues during Melbourne Cup week.

By Beth Taylor / 2 Nov 2018
Television
Oct 2018

Heath Ledger on playing Ned Kelly

Jennifer Coombes looks at costume sketches and continuity polaroids of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Ned Kelly, as featured in the exhibition Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures at the NFSA.

By Jennifer Coombes / 3 Oct 2018
Documents
Film
Photographs
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
Aug 2018

The McDonagh Sisters

A portrait of the pioneering filmmakers, The McDonagh Sisters - Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis. NFSA Restores: The Cheaters screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2018.

By Graham Shirley / 9 Aug 2018
Film
Photographs

Heath Ledger: A Portrait

Heath Ledger’s career and life were tragically cut short, but his international success and the calibre of his performances will endure the test of time.

By Graham Shirley / 6 Aug 2018
Film
Television
Jul 2018

Model 'Newsfront' Holden Panel Van

We've recently acquired a die-cast model of a Cinesound Film Unit FJ Holden panel van, similar to that featured in the classic Australian film Newsfront.

By Jessica Bolton / 24 Jul 2018
Film
Object