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Talking Pictures on Tour

In 1929, Hoyts – with help from Studebaker and the Shell Oil Company – loaded cinema sound equipment onto a truck so regional Australia could experience the latest in 'talking pictures'.
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The NFSA is Always Open Online

Our doors may be closed temporarily but when it comes to the NFSA, we are always open online.
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National Treasures

Discover the stories behind some of Australia's beloved – and also lesser-known – national treasures.
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Vale Don Burrows

With the news of the passing of Don Burrows, Australia has lost a giant and pioneer of modern Australian jazz.
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McDonaghs’ Scrapbook

The NFSA has unearthed a rare scrapbook created by the McDonagh sisters around the release of their film 'The Far Paradise' in 1928.
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The McDonagh Sisters

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

Can you help us identify these Sydney locations from landmark 1920s films made by the McDonagh sisters?
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NFSA Stories: Paralympic Gold

A determined son found footage of his mother’s gold medal win at the 1972 Paralympics in the NFSA collection.
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Bradman in Colour

A recently donated film reveals the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.
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Bradman in Colour

A recently donated film reveals the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.
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Freedom Ride 1965

In February 1965, Dr 'Kumantjayi’ (Charlie) Perkins AO led students from the University of Sydney on a 'freedom ride’ through rural NSW to expose racial segregation in Australia.
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Australia’s Diverse Radio History

On World Radio Day in 2020, we celebrate diversity in Australia's radio broadcasting history and the NFSA collection.
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Sky Bride

The NFSA celebrates Valentine's Day with recently restored footage of a unique wedding ceremony in the skies over Sydney in 1932.
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Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

On 14 February 2020, it is 120 years since the (fictional) events in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes from Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975.
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Australian Ethnographic Film

Michael Leigh surveys the long history of ethnographic filmmaking in this country and the representation of Indigenous Australians on film.
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Getting to Know Archie Roach

10 amazing facts about musician Archie Roach.
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28mm Film Collection

Janine Winfree, the recipient of the 2019 Ray Edmondson Fellowship, visited the NFSA from George Eastman House in the US to explore our 28mm film collection.
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Australian Women’s Cricket

For thousands of Australian women and girls, cricket is not just a sport for the boys, but a way of life.
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Surfing and Surf Movies

From lifesaving to 'soul surfing’: Paul Byrnes tracks the history of surfing and surf movies in Australia.
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Christmas TV Pantomimes

Watch clips from three of the annual Christmas pantomimes produced for TV in the 1960s by NWS9 in Adelaide.
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