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.

    • Celebrating 30 years of the NFSA, 1984-2014.

    The National Film and Sound Archive celebrates 30 years since Prime Minister, Bob Hawke officially opened the building on 3 October 1984. The NFSA continues to collect, preserve and share Australia’s audiovisual heritage.

  • 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.

    • 100 Seats: Nights to Remember at the NFSA, March 2014.

    100 Seats: David Bridie

    David Bridie headlines the first 100 Seats event, part of a program of unique and intimate sessions with renowned performers exploring their ideas and art in our new theatrette.

  • 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.

    • Wrong Side of the Road cast and crew reunion at the Sydney Film Festival, June 2013.

    Wrong Side of the Road reunion

    The NFSA’s digital restoration of Wrong Side of the Road (1981) premieres at the 60th Sydney Film Festival with many of the original cast and crew reunited for the event.

  • Centenary of Canberra

    The NFSA’s open-air screening and live music event for the Centenary of Canberra attracts 4000 people to the Senate Rose Gardens at Old Parliament House.

    • 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.

    • Rona Green, 'Hud and Mugsy' (2008), linocut, watercolour and ink on paper.

    The Art of Sound

    The Art of Sound inaugural exhibition is held in January at the Grafton Regional Gallery in New South Wales.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2013, including Urthboy at the NFSA, a new collection storage facility and Digitise or Perish.

    • Eric Pearce (left) after presenting Graham Kennedy with his crown. NFSA title: 684373

    Crown fit for a king

    The NFSA acquires the crown and throne belonging to Graham Kennedy, the ‘King of Australian television’.

    • 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.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2012, including Giorgio Mangiamele and Antarctica 100.

  • The Corrick Collection

    A work inspired by the NFSA-restored Corrick collection of early silent films debuts at the Sydney Festival to sell-out crowds.

    Michael Loebenstein is appointed as the new NFSA CEO.

    • 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.

    Dr Darryl McIntyre is appointed as the new NFSA CEO.

  • Repatriation

    The NFSA Indigenous Collections Branch visits Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory to repatriate audiovisual materials to the Buku-Larnnggay Mulka Multimedia Archive and Production Centre.

    • 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.