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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

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
Dec 2017

We were starstruck in 2017

In 2017 we found new and exciting ways to connect with our audiences through festivals, programs and special events. Here's a look back at some of the highlights.

Adam Blackshaw
Photographs

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
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'.

Jennifer Coombes
Object
Photographs

19th century ghost photos

These 19th century photographic glass slides purport to show images of both the living and the dead.

Adam Blackshaw
Photographs

Home cinema, 1940s style

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

Jessica Bolton
Object

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

Beth Taylor
Film
Object