26 September 2023

NFSA raises curtain on precious film treasures

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The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating a range of defining moments in the Australian film industry with its first major original exhibition now screening to cover two decades.

Curator at NFSA, Tara Marynowsky said the exhibition Australians & Hollywood: a tale of craft, talent, and ambition took visitors on an inspirational journey through recent and contemporary Australian cinema, shining the light on the artists and creatives who brought Australian stories to the world.

Ms Marynowsky said the exhibition encapsulated the incredible success that Australian film creatives have had on the world stage.

“From when filmmaker George Miller catapulted Australian cinema into Hollywood with Mad Max in 1979, to the incredible works of First Nations storytelling like Rachel Perkins and Warwick Thornton, this show is a visual experience highlighting the breadth of the NFSA collection,” Ms Marynowsky said.

“It explores the connections between cinematographers, directors, actors and editors who have together redefined big-screen spectacle, and found success on their own terms,” she said.

“Exclusive to Canberra, the show features rare behind-the-scenes footage and iconic on-screen moments, as well as never-before-displayed costumes, memorabilia and props from the NFSA collection.”

Ms Marynowsky said the exhibition also showcased personal treasures from some of the country’s most celebrated creatives in cinema, including Baz Luhrmann, George Miller, David Michôd, Mia Wasikowska, Greig Fraser, Norma Moriceau, Eric Bana and Paul Hogan.

She said highlights of the exhibition included costumes from Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) and The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012); customised steering wheels from Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015); art concept books for Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996); and a commissioned video essay on filmmaker Warwick Thornton, produced by Garuwa Creative.

“Woven into Australians & Hollywood is an innovative digital layer, giving visitors a unique interactive experience as they journey through the exhibition,” she said.

“People can discover and collect GIFs on their smartphone, gathering bonus exhibition content to take home and explore.”

Ms Marynowsky said a suite of screenings, public programs and education workshops were accompanying the exhibition, open until 17 July.

Further information about the NFSA exhibition can be accessed at this PS News link.

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