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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
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

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
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
Sep 2017

Killer cans and Babe: Making Optical Effects

Roger Cowland recalls his work in film optical effects on films like Babe and Mad Max.

Nathan Smith
Film
Oral History

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

Dr Jenny Gall, Assistant Curator Documents and Artefacts, previews the forthcoming NFSA-National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Jenny Gall
Photographs

Reliving the 1980s

Our 100th curated collection is all about the 1980s, and it stars Charles and Diana, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Edna Everage, David Attenborough, Linda Burney, Ken Done, Michael Hutchence and many, many more.

Beth Taylor
Film
Photographs
Television
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.

Adam Blackshaw
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television