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Jun 2018

Aelita: Queen of Mars

The NFSA has recently digitised to 4K the groundbreaking 1924 Russian science-fiction feature film 'Aelita: Queen of Mars'.

By Craig Dingwall / 7 Jun 2018
Film
May 2018

Louise Lovely: 1916 fan mail

The NFSA recently acquired two signed photographs of silent film star Louise Lovely and a letter of hers responding to a fan in 1916.

By Jenny Gall / 22 May 2018
Film
Object
Photographs
Apr 2018

NFSA Restores: Snowy Baker

The NFSA restores three silent films starring Snowy Baker - Australian Olympian, filmmaker and trainer of Hollywood stars.

By Nathan Smith / 18 Apr 2018
Film
Jan 2018

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

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

By Tara Marynowsky / 10 Jan 2018
Film
Feb 2016

JP McGowan

David Donaldson, the inaugural Director of the Sydney Film Festival, shines a light on the career of South Australian-born Hollywood pioneer JP McGowan.

By David Donaldson / 15 Feb 2016
Film
Dec 2015

The Kid Stakes

The NFSA has released silent classic film The Kid Stakes (1927) on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time.

By John Brady / 14 Dec 2015
Film
Oct 2015

Chaplins, goats and Bathing Beauties

Just another day at the races: Charlie Chaplin lookalikes and a Bathing Beauty competition from 1921.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Oct 2015
Film

100 Years of The Sentimental Bloke

Assistant Curator Jenny Gall spoke with CJ Dennis biographer Phil Butters, ahead of this week's centenary anniversary of the publication of The Sentimental Bloke.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 9 Oct 2015
Film
Mar 2015

Story of a dress

This is how a sequined dress bought in Paris by Yass woman Kathleen Coen in 1925 became part of Australia’s film history.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 6 Mar 2015
Film
Object
Feb 2014

Lottie Lyell or Louise Lovely?

Library Officer Kerryn Poynter helped a client discover the identity of a silent-era actress she saw ... on the wall of a Tasmanian pub.

By Kerryn Poynter / 25 Feb 2014
Film