A portrait of the pioneering filmmakers from the 1920s and 30s: Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis McDonagh.
A die-cast model of a Cinesound Film Unit FJ Holden panel van, similar to that featured in the classic Australian film Newsfront.
Profiling Jane Campion, whose film The Piano was released in Australia 25 years ago.
In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!
Through this glass slide we catch a glimpse of a European perspective of Australia, circa 1895.
The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.
Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.
Curator Sally Jackson researches famous faces and fashions of the 1896 Melbourne Cup.
Famous faces and fashions of the 1896 Melbourne Cup.
The Excursion to London panorama toy is a pre-cinema artefact that reveals much about the intimacy of 19th century family life.
The NFSA is proud to present the race that stopped the nation… 114 years ago!
One of the first films ever recorded in Australia screens 12 times a day in Federation Square in the lead-up to the 150th Melbourne Cup.
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