NFSA blog entries for August 2010

Reflections on Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong presented a double bill of her films at the NFSA’s Arc Cinema on 7 August: her 1994 adaptation of Helen Garner’s The Last Days of Chez Nous; and her latest instalment in a 30-year series charting the lives of three Adelaide women, Love, Lust and Lies. The NFSA’s Senior Film Historian, Graham Shirley, reflects on Gillian’s films and career ahead of this weekend’s repeat screenings of her engaging films.

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Salon Lumière at Melbourne International Film Festival

Well, Patineur Grotesque (Sestier, Australia 1896) has finally had its first screening to the Australian public. At 11.30am on 7 August 2010 in the ACMI 1 Cinema, around 120 people gathered to see and hear us as we presented Salon Lumière.  We, being myself as I gave a short introduction, Stephen Barker who narrated the whole thing, and John Shortis who played his light, airy and very French arrangements on the piano.  This is almost the same presentation we gave in the NFSA’s Arc cinema back in March when Patineur Grotesque was launched by the Hon Peter Garrett, Minister for environment and the arts to an invited audience.

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Standing the test of time: Chez Nous at the NFSA

It was a surprising delight to revisit The Last Days of Chez Nous at the NFSA on Saturday as I hope it was for the Canberra audience.  It was an incredible privilege and a little frightening when it was selected by the NFSA for a new preservation print to be made and to be kept for posterity.

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Sounds of Australia 2010 shortlist

The last couple of weeks have seen a flurry of activity to finalise selection of the 2010 additions to the National Registry of Recorded Sound – Sounds of Australia. We have had some really interesting and, at times very imaginative, nominations which have come in from all over the country.

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‘Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away’

It was back in 1973 that Paul Simon immortalised colour photography in this song, but if he saw the writing on the wall, it was a long time coming. The last ever roll of 35mm roll of Kodachrome film will be processed, at Dwayne’s Photofinishing Lab in Kansas City, in December this year. Manufacture of the film stock was discontinued some time ago.

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