NFSA blog entries by Jan Thurling

Australian film critics, then and now

NFSA Librarian Jan Thurling takes a look at the local film critic scene – from Australia’s very first review, to the new generation of critics.

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And the silver goes to... Margaret and David

NFSA Librarian Jan Thurling gives five stars to David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, who are celebrating 25 years of critiquing films together.

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Happy 100th, Mr Hinde!

Much-loved Australian film critic John Hinde would have turned 100 today. NFSA Library manager Jan Thurling celebrates the radio and TV personality on his anniversary.

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Is everyone really a critic?

With some big celebrations in Australian film criticism happening this week, Jan Thurling, manager of the NFSA Library, reflects on the changing role of critics.

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‘The Bloke’ learns etiquette

One of my favourite books here in the Library is Australian Etiquette, or the Rules and Usages of the Best Society in the Australasian Colonies, Together with Their Sports, Pastimes, Games, and Amusements (People’s Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1885. Facsimilie Edition by JM Dent, 1980).

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