This Friday, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia‘s first original exhibition in two decades will be on display to the public. Australians & Hollywood: a tale of craft, talent, and ambition will take visitors on a journey through the pivotal moments in recent and contemporary Australian cinema, with their stories bought to life.

Exclusive to Canberra, the exhibition will be full of audiovisual and behind-the-scenes, on-screen and red carpet moments, featuring rare costumes, memorabilia and props. It will also see never before seen NSFA collections, as well as personal treasures from some of Australia’s most celebrated artists in cinema, including David Michôd, Greig Fraser, George Miller, Mia Wasikowska, Norma Moriceau, Eric Bana and Paul Hogan.

From striking customised steering wheels of Mad Max: Fury Road and spectacular costumes from Moulin Rouge! And The Sapphires, to art concept books from Romeo + Juliet and the clapperboard from recent sci-fi adaptation Dune, visitors can see up and close all the creativity that goes into making a classic. You know the fabulous red feather headdress worn by Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert? Yes, that will be there too.


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NFSA Curator, Tara Marynowsky, says Australians & Hollywood is both a celebration of Australian talent, and provocation to rethink cinema at home, in Hollywood and beyond.

“Films can help us make sense of the world, inspire social change, and reflect who we are. We hope audiences walk away from this exhibition with a greater understanding of the artform and how Australians have redefined big-screen spectacle and found success on their own terms.”

Australians & Hollywood is a celebration of iconic moments in contemporary Australian film, but also of the shared communal experience we enjoy when we go to the movies or visit an exhibition together.”


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Woven into the exhibit is an innovative digital layer, giving visitors a unique interactive experience as they journey through the exhibition, capturing on their phones extra content they can explore as they head home.

Australians & Hollywood is the start of a new era of opening up our collection and sharing it with the world. This isn’t only a celebration of Australian cinematic success; these stories and memories provide an insight into our national character, and where we might be heading, while highlighting the importance of preserving them for future generations,” says NFSA Chief Executive Officer, Patrick McIntyre.

Australians & Hollywood: a tale of craft, talent, and ambition will run from 21 January 2022, through to 17 July 2022 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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