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Nov 2020

NFSA Stories: Explorer Jack Hides

The NFSA's Teilo Nicholls discovered a recording in the collection featuring the voice of his great uncle – a well-known explorer in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s.

By Amanda Diaz / 16 Nov 2020
Radio
Sound
Mar 2020

The NFSA is Always Open Online

The NFSA is always open online, with our collection available to be explored 24/7.

By Noel Wheatley / 23 Mar 2020
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs
Jan 2019

Donald Bradman: film actor

Sir Donald Bradman is recognised internationally as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, but did you know he also briefly acted in a movie?

By Jeff Wray / 21 Jan 2019
Film
Photographs
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
Film
Object
Photographs

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
Film
Photographs
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
Film
Photographs
Posters
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
Film
Photographs
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
Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound