Liam Hemsworth in The Dressmaker, seated in a chair on a verandah in front of a faded wall

Starstruck: On Location

Starstruck: On Location

Australian Movie Portraits

Starstruck: On Location was a free exhibition open in the Front Room at the NFSA from 9 October 2020 until 30 May 2022.

Starstruck: On Location exhibition room view featuring Rachel Griffiths as Lucy in Cosi by Mark Joffe, the Magic Mirror digital interactive and portraits of iconic Australia actors.

Starstruck: On Location at the NFSA. Photography: Grace Costa.

About Starstruck: On Location

Starstruck: On Location featured 16 of the most striking images from the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition, previously seen at the National Portrait Gallery and other venues around Australia.

These beautiful and poignant images tell the story of Australian cinema through the faces of our film actors – from the early 20th century through to today.

In addition, On Location featured the incredible 1930s Cinesound casting books displayed as digital flip-books. They are a record of mostly unknown and keen amateurs; ‘starstruck’ hopefuls dreaming of making it big in the local industry. Might you find a familiar face?

Finally, kids (and kids at heart) loved getting dressed up in iconic Australian film costumes with Magic Mirror! This interactive photobooth featured costumes from Moulin Rouge! (2001), Ned Kelly (2003), The Dressmaker (2015) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). 


Step behind the scenes with our original documentary:

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits – documentary, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2018.

Main image: Liam Hemsworth as Teddy McSwiney in The Dressmaker. Photograph by Ben King


Please note: this was a smaller version of the larger touring exhibition. Starstruck was made possible through an unprecedented partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and the NFSA and drew extensively on items from the NFSA collection.