‘Australians and Hollywood’ exhibition launched at the National Film and Sound Archive with memorabilia, props and rare footage | Canberra time

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The National Film and Sound Archive rolled out the red carpet for its latest exhibition, Australians & Hollywood. The archive’s first major original exhibition in two decades opened to the public on Friday, bringing with it a glimpse of Australian films and filmmaking talent – both behind and in front of the camera. Exclusive to Canberra, the show features rare behind-the-scenes footage and iconic on-screen moments, as well as never-before-seen costumes, memorabilia and props from the archive’s collection. The exhibition partly reflects the fact that Hollywood is no longer the only place to be if you want to be a filmmaker. “There are so many Australians now achieving great things at the highest levels of the international screen industry without having to move to Los Angeles,” said Patrick McIntyre, managing director of the National Film and Sound Archive. “And it’s either because you can now come and go – we now have greater use of remote conferencing for meetings, so it’s actually easier to stay centered in Australia and maintain your international career – but also, so much of what we think of because Hollywood content is now created here.” It’s either done entirely here, or post-production takes place here, or different parts of the process take place here.” Some of the things on display will be familiar to many, including the Red Satine dress worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!, the wedding dress worn by Toni Collette in Le Mariage de Muriel, Paul Hogan’s knife in Crocodile Dundee… But there are also items even the biggest movie buffs will be less familiar with, like the brand-up kit Vivien Mepham used for Mad Max. McIntyre. “It’s about the finesse of filmmaking. And it’s about the finesse, in particular, of Australian filmmakers. “It’s great to be able to showcase some of the work of people you may have never heard of speak, but who have just had a huge impact on the industry and culture through their work.”

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