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Throughout the autumn season the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will be hosting a diverse range of programs, events and screenings that celebrate the Australian identity through film and sound.
Very few people know about JP McGowan, the first Australian in Hollywood… until now! This Wednesday 24 February, discover the story a man born in Terowie, South Australia, who would become a pioneer in Hollywood, laying the path for the likes of Errol Flynn, Chips Rafferty, Peter Finch and more.
On Friday 5 February the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will step back into the 1960s, with Teenage Dream 1966 – an evening of free retro entertainment.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) pays tribute to ‘The Wild One’, Johnny O’Keefe, with a new online exhibition titled Johnny O’Keefe: A Little Bit Louder Now (nfsa.gov.au/jok), featuring rare radio and television clips, and the never-before-seen scrapbooks compiled by the singer’s mother Thelma.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the place to be this Australia Day, with a program full of Aussie movie and TV classics on the big screen, an Aussie-themed menu including a sausage sizzle, Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown party in the sunny courtyard, a mini exhibition of costumes and props from the digitally restored film Starstruck, and a Q&A with its director, the acclaimed filmmaker Gillian Armstrong.
Producer and director of the groundbreaking documentary Lousy Little Sixpence, Alec Morgan, will join the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) Indigenous Connections team on Wednesday 2 December for a Black Chat session about the film, its theme and legacy.
Hosts of the groundbreaking gay and lesbian radio program Gaywaves will share their stories from the show’s early days, during a special discussion panel at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) on 25 November. They will be joined by the NFSA preservation team in charge of digitising hundreds of episodes of Sydney’s first LGBTI radio show – which went to air at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in New South Wales.
I Was Only 19, the classic track about the plight of returned Vietnam soldiers written by John Schumann, is one of 10 recordings added to Sounds of Australia – the ultimate selection of culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant Australian sounds, established by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) presents a one-night only session with ARIA award winner Peter Blakeley, as part of its 100 Seats series on Friday 20 November.
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Two of Australia’s greatest swimmers, Olympic champions Jon Henricks and Lorraine Thurlow (nee Crapp), will gather at the North Sydney Olympic Pool on Thursday 5 November, to present the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) with a never-before-seen film shot during their 1954 North American tour – including rare footage of the Australian team’s participation in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.