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Feb 2018

Characters and costumes

Jenny Gall takes a look at some classic Australian film costumes and how they've shaped the memorable characters who wore them.

By Jenny Gall / 9 Feb 2018
Film
Object
Dec 2017

Costume makes the courtesan

A look at the red satin dress worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!, as featured in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 5 Dec 2017
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Aug 2017

Australia's Great Strike 100 years on

On the centenary of the 'Great Strike', which started on 2 August 1917, we've reconstructed a censored film which hasn't been seen in 100 years.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 1 Aug 2017
Film
Jul 2017

Bobo

The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.

By Adam Blackshaw / 21 Jul 2017
Film
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Oral History
Photographs
Television
Jun 2017

Sydney traffic: 1920s-style

Is traffic congestion in Sydney a modern phenomenon? We look at some traffic mayhem from the 1920s.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Jun 2017
Film
Mar 2017

Cinesound's Sydney Harbour Bridge scoop

The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened 85 years ago and Cinesound Productions' newsreel secured the scoop of a lifetime.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Mar 2017
Film
Photographs
Oct 2016

Darling Harbour

The new NFSA documentary Steam on the Harbour showcases Darling Harbour as a busy railway goods yard, long before it became a Sydney tourist destination.

By Nicholas Behrens / 11 Oct 2016
Film
Feb 2016

Time to go troppo

Film Curator Heather Gill looks at the legacy of short-film festival Tropfest.

By Heather Gill / 9 Feb 2016
Film
Posters
Aug 2015

Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

Documents and artefacts curator Jenny Gall takes a closer look at two of the costumes featured in our online exhibition Picnic at Hanging Rock: 40 Years of Mystery.

By Jenny Gall / 7 Aug 2015
Documents
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