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The Naked Vicar Show – Series 2 Episode 2 television program – 1978

The Naked Vicar Show is a sketch comedy series that lampoons suburban Australian society.

Naming the Federal Capital of Australia historical – 1913

Director Raymond Longford, best known for his silent feature film The Sentimental Bloke (1919), documents the naming of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, in 1913.

Narbalek documentary – 2001

Narbalek is one of more than 100 documentaries made in the Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series, designed primarily for Indigenous audiences.

National Treasures – Bradman’s Bats documentary – 2004

Donald Bradman’s bats are a reminder of how this cricket legend played himself into the record books, earning the status of Australian icon.

National Treasures – Cuc Lam’s Suitcase documentary – 2004

Vietnamese refugee Cuc Lam talks about how this small red vinyl bag was a symbol of a new beginning in a new country.

National Treasures – Endeavour Journal documentary – 2004

A look at Lieutenant James Cook’s journal, written on board the Endeavour during his trip down under in 1770.

National Treasures – First Surfboard documentary – 2004

Duke Kahanamoku shows Australians how to ride a wave in 1914, using a board he built himself.

National Treasures – Gallipoli Boat documentary – 2004

A small lifeboat, retrieved from the shores of Gallipoli, is a direct link to the first Anzacs and the day that helped forge Australia’s identity.

National Treasures – HMAS Sydney’s Carley Float documentary – 2004

A tiny, war-ravaged liferaft’s link to the worst naval disaster in Australia’s history.

National Treasures – Phar Lap’s Hide documentary – 2004

How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?

National Treasures – ‘The Magic Pudding’ Illustrations documentary – 2004

A look at the illustrations for one of Australia’s best-loved children’s books, The Magic Pudding.

National Treasures – ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ Film documentary – 2004

The classic 1919 silent movie The Sentimental Bloke is regarded as one of the greatest Australian films.

National Treasures – Tom Roberts’s ‘Bailed Up’ documentary – 2004

Why Tom Roberts’s painting Bailed Up is one of the most treasured in Australia.

National Treasures – ‘Waltzing Matilda’ Song Sheet documentary – 2004

How did the music and lyrics come together to make our most iconic of national songs?

A Nation is Built documentary – 1938

This sprawling and patriotic documentary uses actuality footage, historical re-enactments, fictionalised scenes and propaganda to chronicle Australia’s development and progress as a nation.

Nature of Australia – A Separate Creation television program – 1989

This first episode of the most expensive wildlife program ever made in Australia boasts magnificent photography and a great script.

Nature of Australia – Land of Flood and Fire television program – 1988

The animals and plants must cope with the stresses of life in a place that swings savagely between the wet season and the dust and heat of the dry season.

Nature of Australia – The Sunburnt Country television program – 1989

At the time this series was made, the program makers felt they were showing Australian flora and fauna to many Australians for the first time.

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey feature film – 1988

Medieval Britons journeying through time and space find a contemporary city, where they attempt to fulfil a prophecy that will save them from the plague.

Ned Kelly feature film – 2003

Heath Ledger stars as Australia’s most famous outlaw.

Ned Wethered short film – 1983

Lee Whitmore’s first animated film is a memoir of a frequent visitor to her home when she was growing up in the 1950s.

Neptune’s Nippers documentary – 1984

At the age of 12, Jason Duplator won a scholarship from the Wildlife Research Institute to participate in a marine training program.

Nestle’s MILO Cinema Advertisement: Family Album advertisement – 1948

This 1948 cinema advertisement promotes Milo for health, enjoyment and sleep! It’s from the private collection of Roger McKenzie and fellow film enthusiast, Bernard Kent.

Nestle’s MILO Cinema Advertisement: The Joy of Living advertisement – 1948

Since 1934, MILO has been advertised in a number of ways, changing in style and tone to adapt to its audience.

The New Adventures of Ocean Girl – Hearing The Call television program – 1999

The highlights of episode three are the comic scenes with the hammy evil Elgar and the slapstick comedy between the villainous Space Wizard’s sidekicks Elgar and Moza.

The New Car short film – 1953

An ambitious amateur production, most of which is set in the early 1900s, the film was shot on location at an historic homestead in Morphettville, South Australia.

New Faces television program – 1982

A 1980s episode from the classic talent show hosted by Bert Newton.

The New Gladesville Bridge sponsored film – 1967

A public relations film made for the NSW Department of Main Roads documenting the construction of the New Gladesville Bridge, then the longest reinforced concrete arch span in the world.

The New Inventors – Series 1 Episode 8 television program – 2004

The host works hard to keep the show moving along, with gags and one-liners that provide a contrast to the seriousness of the backyard boffins explaining their life’s work.

The New Inventors – Series 2 Episode 8 television program – 2005

This short and snappy program works because it never loses sight of its most precious talent, the inventors and their amazing creations.

Newsfront feature film – 1978

Some believe that Newsfront, set in the late 1940s and incorporating extensive newsreel footage, is Australia’s best film.

Newtown Railway Station historical – 1899

This actuality footage from 1899 shows a train arriving at Petersham or Newtown Railway Station in Sydney’s inner west.

Next of Kin feature film – 1982

On her mother’s death, Linda Stevens inherits an isolated retirement home. Strange events occur, leading Linda to believe an evil force dwells in the house.

Nicaragua: No Pasaran documentary – 1984

David Bradbury spent six months in Nicaragua telling the story of the revolutionary Sandinistas coming to power after 43 years of organised resistance.

Nice Coloured Girls short film – 1987

The tongue-in-cheek title of Tracey Moffatt’s first film positions Aboriginal women as naïve and 'nice’ but these are merely roles played by the women.

Night documentary – 2007

The real time and time-lapse images in Night are edited seamlessly and, in combination with the music, become very meditative.

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy short film – 1989

Tracey Moffatt continues to challenge the social construction of Aboriginality and how it is viewed nationally and internationally. Night Cries is a possible sequel to Jedda.

The Night the Prowler feature film – 1978

This savage satire on the neuroses of the privileged of Sydney’s eastern suburbs was written by the great novelist Patrick White.

Ninety Nine Per Cent short feature – 1963

Pino, an Italian immigrant widower, seeks an agency bride to keep house and be wife and mother to him and his son Peter.

Ningla A-Na documentary – 1972

Ningla A-Na documents the activism of the Black movement in south-east Australia in the 1970s and shows how the activists changed the direction of the movement both nationally and internationally.

Noah and Saskia – Tomorrow Never Knows television program – 2004

The final scene of this first episode dangles compelling narrative hooks and offers interesting and quirky characters and an abundance of humour.

Nobby’s Nuts advertisement – 1988

This 1988 television and cinema advertisement for Nobby’s Nuts combines animation and live action with great flair.

No Fences, No Boundaries – Walter Burley Griffin documentary – c1976

Walter Burley Griffin believed that 'buildings convey the most truth of the mental and spiritual states of various people and times’.

Noise feature film – 2007

This smart script explores the effect that chronic isolation can have on a nation.

No More Needles Please documentary – 1997

Since the age of two, James has required two daily injections of insulin to keep him alive. Now 12, he explores options for people with diabetes.

Norforce Army Days at Hayes Creek, NT and Wyndham home movie – 1943

This footage was filmed by John Mack, a South Australian photographer and cinematographer who served as staff sergeant during the Second World War.

Northern Safari documentary – 1956

This six-month journey in a 1948 Buick later inspired the Leyland Brothers and Albert Mangles.

North Shore Steam Ferry historical – 1899

This short clip from 1899 shows a steam ferry docking at the Milsons Point Ferry Wharf in Sydney.

North to Niugini documentary – 1979

Malcolm Douglas travels in a five-metre boat north along the coast of Australia, through the Torres Strait to New Guinea.

No Survivors: The Mysterious Loss of the HMAS Sydney documentary – 1993

The loss of HMAS Sydney, the worst naval disaster in Australian history, sparked allegations of a cover-up.

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