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Feb 2018

Merle Oberon: The Lost Tasmanian

On her birthday, we share images of Merle Oberon from the NFSA's Taussig Film Stills Collection. Publicity for the Hollywood star always claimed she was born in Tasmania but a different story emerged after her death.

Tenille Hands
Film
Photographs
Nov 2017

Phar Lap Forever

A winner with a big heart and a liking for sugar cubes - Phar Lap's story captivated the nation.

Beth Taylor
Film
Oct 2017

Starstruck casting books

These 1930s Cinesound casting books form the heart of the NFSA and National Portrait Gallery collaborative exhibition, 'Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits'.

Jennifer Coombes
Object
Photographs

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

Beth Taylor
Film
Object
Sep 2017

AFL, 1933: Wave the two flags!

Footage of a 1933 AFL face-off between Victorian and South Australian teams gives us rare glimpses of two goal-kicking legends.

Simon Smith
Film

Cinema Art poster collection

Cinema Art Films brought many notable foreign productions to Australia between 1927 and 1932. We've acquired original posters for a selection of their releases.

Beck Martin
Posters
Aug 2017

Paul Mercurio

Twenty-five years on, Paul Mercurio talks to the NFSA's Miguel Gonzalez about his life and career after the success of Strictly Ballroom.

Mel Bondfield
Film

A 1950s autograph book

The stars of Australian radio serials and cinema touched the lives of many, but one Sydney teenager of the 1950s had the autograph book to prove it.

Jessica Bolton
Object
Jun 2017

David Gulpilil: Screen legend

We are celebrating the life and work of one of Australia's finest actors with a new curated collection. 

Beth Taylor
Film
Photographs

David Gulpilil: A Portrait

A look at David Gulpilil's 40-year career and his profound impact on Australian cinema.

Liz McNiven
Film
Photographs