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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

Casting Diana Du Cane

The granddaughter of actress Diana Du Cane contacted us after seeing her grandmother in one of the Cinesound casting books featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

By Jennifer Coombes / 11 Apr 2018
Film
Object
Mar 2018

Rachel Ward on The Thorn Birds

To mark 35 years since the premiere of The Thorn Birds mini-series, we take a look at the original costume design sketches in the NFSA collection and talk to Rachel Ward.

By Tenille Hands / 26 Mar 2018
Object
Television
Feb 2018

Top 40 radio turns 60

Sixty years ago this month, the Top 40 pop chart helped bring the golden age of radio to a close and kickstarted a new era.

By Chris Arneil / 28 Feb 2018
Oral History
Radio

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

2017 at the NFSA

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

By Adam Blackshaw / 19 Dec 2017
Film
Oral History
Posters
Radio
Sound
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.

By Jennifer Coombes / 5 Dec 2017
Film
Object
Nov 2017

Polyorama Panoptique

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

By Lauren Curless / 29 Nov 2017
Object
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'.

By Jennifer Coombes / 31 Oct 2017
Object
Photographs

Home cinema, 1940s style

Meet 99-year-old Eddie Vormister and his homemade film projector.

By Jessica Bolton / 25 Oct 2017
Object