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Aug 2017

Remembering Strictly Ballroom

In an exclusive interview, Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice share memories of the movie that launched their big-screen careers.

Mel Bondfield
Film

Strictly Ballroom turns 25

The NFSA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Strictly Ballroom with a bold new online exhibition and curated collection.

Mel Bondfield
Film

A 1950s autograph book

The stars of Australian radio serials and cinema touched the lives of many, but one Sydney teenager of the 1950s had the autograph book to prove it.

Jessica Bolton
Object

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

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

Nick Henderson
Sound

Ugg boots: birth of an Aussie fashion icon

Watch a classic newsreel about the 1960s origins of Ugg boots and the Australian surfer who popularised them.

Tara Marynowsky
Film

Australia's Great Strike 100 years on

On the centenary of the 'Great Strike', which started on 2 August 1917, we've reconstructed a censored film which hasn't been seen in 100 years.

Miguel Gonzalez
Film
Jul 2017

Australian Artists Revealed

These film and sound portraits of famous Australian artists show the interconnected world of art in Australia.

Beth Taylor
Film

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

Graham Kennedy abroad

The story behind Graham Kennedy's overseas trip in July 1961, and his break from hosting 'In Melbourne Tonight'.

Simon Smith
Photographs
Television

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

Nick Henderson
Object
Sound