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Oct 2020

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

Vale Helen Reddy

A tribute to the pioneering Australian singer Helen Reddy, who has passed away at age 78.

By Crispian Winsor / 2 Oct 2020
Sound
Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Jun 2020

Deep Dive: Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway, along with her partner and collaborator Willy Zygier, performed a special concert at the NFSA.

By Travis Green / 18 Jun 2020
Sound
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
Mar 2020

Vale Don Burrows

With the news of the passing of Don Burrows, Australia has lost a giant and pioneer of modern Australian jazz.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 13 Mar 2020
Sound

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
Nov 2019

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television