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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

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.

Jenny Gall
Film
Object
Jan 2018

Heath Ledger: A Portrait

Heath Ledger’s career and life were tragically cut short, but his international success and the calibre of his performances will endure the test of time.

Graham Shirley
Film
Television

Matt Nettheim in Starstruck

Matt Nettheim shares insights into his work as on-set stills photographer on films featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

Jessica Bolton
Film
Photographs

NFSA Restores: The Cheaters

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

Tara Marynowsky
Film
Dec 2017

2017 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2017?

Adam Blackshaw
Film
Oral History
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television

Harold Holt's disappearance

The disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, on 17 December 1967, remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

Adam Blackshaw
Film
Television

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.

Jennifer Coombes
Film
Object
Nov 2017

Polyorama Panoptique

The NFSA recently acquired a Polyorama Panoptique, a 19th century French optical toy.

Lauren Curless
Object

Australia's first female lifesavers

Australia's first female lifesavers are being formally recognised for their service, more than 70 years after they patrolled Terrigal beach.

Amanda Diaz
Film