Oral history program

Collection highlight: Andrew Denton Oral history

Andrew Denton is usually the one asking all the questions, but he swapped roles for a day and opened up during an interview for our Oral History program. Read more »

About the Oral History Collection »

Screenwriters and their craft

Leading screenwriters talk about writing Australian drama.

Heath Ledger young artists

Watch interviews with graduating performers and filmmakers.

Once upon a wireless

Capturing voices from the golden years of commercial radio.

Indigenous media

Recording stories and voices from 30 years of Indigenous media.

Filmmaker interviews

Watch interviews with prominent Australian filmmakers on ASO.

Australian Biography

Extraordinary Australians talk about their lives.

About the Oral History Collection

The Oral History program provides personal, first-hand recollections of careers in film, TV, radio or recorded sound that may be otherwise completely lost to future generations. These are contemporary oral history interviews with key professionals, practitioners, established and emerging artists in the Australian audiovisual industry.

Listen to selected oral history interviews

George Golla interviewed by John Sharpe
Frank Ifield interviewed by Lorraine Pfitzner
Raymond Menmuir interviewed by Tom Jeffrey
Ross Wilson interviewed by Nick Weare

Nominate a potential interviewee

If you know of someone who has told you a story (or two!) about working in film, TV, radio or recorded sound, or would like more information, please telephone +61 2 8202 0130 or email Bronwyn.Murphy@nfsa.gov.au.

Donate an interview and other material

If you have already recorded an oral history interview with someone from the screen and sound industries and you would like to have your work considered for adding to the collection, please telephone +61 2 8202 0130 or email Bronwyn.Murphy@nfsa.gov.au.

Interviewees may also donate to the NFSA films and sound recordings in various formats, and documentation items such as photographs, posters, scrapbooks, and scripts, which relate to the film, television, radio and sound recording industries.

The Film and Broadcast Industries Oral History Group

Founded in 1991, the FBIOHG is a Sydney-based organisation of industry professionals who generously volunteer their time to support and advise the NFSA. Members conduct interviews for the Oral History Program, recommend interview subjects, and help establish or maintain relationships with potential interviewees and other interviewers.

Right: Members of the Film and Broadcast Industries Oral History Group.

Audiovisual History Needs You

Have you worked on an Australian screen production? Do you want your correct credits to be part of Australia’s historical record? If so, the Film and Broadcast Industries Oral History group encourages you to have your credits updated on the national audiovisual collection records.

Here’s how in 5 easy steps

  1. Go to the main Collection Search.
  2. Search for the production title using Easy Search, select Film or Television and click on Search.
  3. From the Results page, click on the entry that appears for that title searched. Once you click on the entry, you will get a page which includes “Title Details”.
  4. If you see anything incorrect or missing in the credits listed there, click on the data corrections link corrections@nfsa.gov.au at the bottom of the page to send an email with your suggested corrections.
  5. The NFSA Collection Information Staff will respond to your email and validate the suggested corrections. For any contradictory information received, the NFSA will retain the right to determine the authorised credits for the production.

Why is this important?

The NFSA catalogue is the most complete record of Australian production we have. Because it includes credits for the crew as well as director and producer it gives a particularly useful historical picture for serious researchers.

Your contribution is important to help make the over 800,000 records in the database as informative as possible. Over the years, the NFSA cataloguing team has been improving the entries but your help is very much needed. So, do check your films on the NFSA catalogue and also pass this appeal on to your friends.

The NFSA was established through the efforts of all involved in the audiovisual industry and it is really up to us to help make it the best resource it can be.

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