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Sep 2018

A Portrait of Pearl

Jennifer Coombes explores the life of Pearl Schweig, an actress from the 1930s Cinesound casting books who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 Sep 2018
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Wirth's Circus home movies

Film curator Tara Marynowsky looks at a preserved collection of 16mm home movies of Wirth's Circus and the family that ran it.

By Tara Marynowsky / 10 Sep 2018
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Aug 2018

Hail, Caesar! Canine Hollywood Hero

Meet the Australian star who worked opposite Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and the Marx Brothers in 1930s Hollywood – Caesar, the Alsatian dog from Belka, WA.

By Jeff Wray / 22 Aug 2018
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The McDonagh Sisters

A portrait of the pioneering filmmakers, The McDonagh Sisters - Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis. NFSA Restores: The Cheaters screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2018.

By Graham Shirley / 9 Aug 2018
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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.

By Tenille Hands / 16 Feb 2018
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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
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Jun 2017

David Gulpilil: Screen legend

We are celebrating the life and work of one of Australia's finest actors with a new curated collection. 

By Beth Taylor / 19 Jun 2017
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David Gulpilil: A Portrait

A look at David Gulpilil's 40-year career and his profound impact on Australian cinema.

By Liz McNiven / 19 Jun 2017
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May 2016

Con Colleano

Go behind-the-scenes at the circus with rare home movie footage of Australia's Con Colleano, the world-famous 'Wizard of the Wire'.

By Tara Marynowsky / 9 May 2016
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May 2010

Film repair and splicing

Juan Vrijs from Haghefilm gives a lesson in film repair and splicing.

By Darren Weinert / 17 May 2010
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