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2014 at the NFSA: From the Sparkling Diamond to the Wild One

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 1 includes elephant heads, fake moustaches and the wild one.

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How I discovered a Redfern-Star Wars connection

Grace Barrand, a recent volunteer at the NFSA’s Melbourne office, uncovers the surprising connection between Australia’s first community TV station and Star Wars.

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The 1950s Melbourne art scene: Philippe Mora and the home movies of Gertie Anschel

Philippe Mora shares family home movies that feature rare footage of the Melbourne art scene of the 1950s.

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From Dingo to Divinyls, 10 Australian sounds that made history

What do dingoes, 80s rock and an orgasmic opus have in common? They’re all part of the 2014 Sounds of Australia!

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The magic of glass

Curator Itzell Tazzyman presents a short film to introduce 21st century audiences to the wonders of 19th century magic lanterns.

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The 'original' Priscilla now at the NFSA

What better way to finish our Priscilla 20th anniversary celebration than a visit from Stephan Elliott and Rebel Penfold-Russell, bringing the film’s key components with them?

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Harry Julius, cartoonist of the moment

Film curator Sally Jackson writes about Australia’s first cinema animations for the 2014 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October.

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Phar Lap, Australia's mighty conqueror

Phar Lap is a big deal in Australia, explains Kathrin DiRocco. That is why it was an even bigger deal when a 1931 nitrate film about the champion racehorse was donated to the NFSA earlier this year.

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10 things you didn't know about Homicide

Here’s ten things you never knew about the groundbreaking Australian TV crime drama Homicide, which premiered on our screens 50 years ago on 20 October 1964.

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50 years of Homicide

Groundbreaking Australian TV crime drama Homicide is 50. Broadcast curator Simon Smith celebrates with behind-the-scenes images, production documents and interviews from the show’s history.

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