Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2021 including The Dressmaker exhibition on tour and the relaunch of Twelve Canoes.

    Patrick McIntyre is appointed as the new NFSA CEO.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2020 including rare Thylacine footage and Donald Bradman in colour.

    • Newscaf 30th anniversary, 2018.

    Newscaf 30th anniversary

    The NFSA celebrates 30 years of our News and Current Affairs Program in 2018.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2017 including 10 years of Sounds of Australia and our 100th online curated collection.

    • Mr Percival with Storm Boy (Greg Rowe). NFSA title: 1447284

    Storm Boy turns 40

    Storm Boy, the classic Australian film based on Colin Thiele’s novel, is the subject of our latest online exhibition.

  • The new NFSA website

    The redeveloped offers a mobile, responsive experience to better discover and share our collection.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2016 including our largest collection item and 60 years of television.

    • The NFSA launches Deadline 2025: Collections at Risk, October 2015.

    Deadline 2025

    NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein launches the discussion paper Deadline 2025: Collections at Risk.

    • An Australian artillery crew in the Greek port town of Salonika (now Thessaloniki), 1915. NFSA title: 20923

    Anzac Sights and Sounds

    The NFSA and Nga Taonga Sound & Vision launch a joint website to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2015 including rare swimming footage, the arrival of colour TV and Oral History interviews.

  • Binny Lum and The Beatles

    The NFSA releases a previously unheard interview with The Beatles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their Australian tour.

  • Black Chat: Stiff Gins

    In March, Stiff Gins perform in the NFSA theatrette for the Black Chat program. In 2013, they visit the NFSA to record a unique wax cylinder.

  • Priscilla: 20 Years Young

    The NFSA throws a 20th birthday party for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert complete with special guests, outdoor screening and online exhibition.

    • Gotye with Fractured Heart at the NFSA, February 2013.


    Gotye comes to the NFSA in February for a full day and evening of public events, including the launch of interactive sculpture Fractured Heart.

    • Zenadh Kes Mari at DVD launch of 'From Malo's Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998'.

    • Mabo: Life of an Island Man (1997) DVD cover.

    • Gail Mabo at the launch of the DVD From Malo’s Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998, NFSA, Canberra.

    Mabo Day Black Screen DVD

    On 31 May the NFSA releases a DVD compilation, From Malo’s Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Mabo Day.

    • The Hon Julia Gillard presents a film still to Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao.

    NFSA recognises Timor-Leste 10th anniversary

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard gives Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao a photographic still from a rare and iconic film in the NFSA collection.

    • Audience sitting beneath cinema screen showing a close-up of Heath Ledger

      The Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project launch, December 2010.

    Heath Ledger Oral History Project

    In December the NFSA launches the Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project.

    • Robert Sestier and Marie-Dominique Petitbois with the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

    Honouring Marius Sestier

    The NFSA honours the life and work of pioneer filmmaker Marius Sestier, who shot Australia’s earliest surviving films.

  • William Barton at the NFSA

    On the eve of the first anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Apology to the Stolen Generations, William Barton is interviewed and performs at the NFSA.

  • Gaywaves

    Significant bequest from gay rights activist and broadcaster, Dietmar Hollman

    • Gary Bond in Wake in Fright, 1971. Courtesy of the Wake in Fright Trustees. NFSA title: 775732

    Wake in Fright

    The NFSA-restored Wake in Fright screens at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and is re-released in Australian cinemas.

    • The Australian Mediatheque at ACMI, Melbourne.

    The Australian Mediatheque opens

    On 18 September the NFSA, in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, opens the Australian Mediatheque in Melbourne.

    • Indigenous smoking ceremony at the NFSA on 1 July 2008. NFSA title: 763091

    Statutory authority

    The NFSA becomes an independent statutory authority on 1 July.

    The NFSA launches Sounds of Australia to promote and celebrate the nation’s sound heritage.

    • Frank Taylor, Gerard Kennedy, Chuck Faulkner and Terence Donovan in Division 4, 1975. NFSA title: 685309

    • John Fegan, Terry McDermott and Lex Mitchell in Homicide, 1964. NFSA title: 476612

    • Denise Drysdale and Gerard Kennedy in Division 4, 1969. NFSA title: 592385

    Crawford Productions donation

    The NFSA receives a major television donation from Crawford Productions.