The entire collection held at NFSA can be searched in its Search the Collection database, but it is generally necessary to contact NFSA to arrange to hear any recordings.

The National Film and Sound Archive’s database lists over three million items in its Search The Collection database, ranging from production stills to oral histories – as well as often multiple versions of productions in a range of media. Searching is therefore a little more complex. While the basic search tool uses the same rules as the AMOHG site as described above, there is far more to it.

A while back, Martha Ansara provided a detailed view of the intricacies – published here in a paper called Finding Oral Histories.

However, NFSA features various aspects of its collection on its website from time to time. These are sometimes supported by short excerpts of Oral History recordings.

Read the latest items here, or look below for some highlights .

roger-cowlandKILLER CANS AND BABE: MAKING OPTICAL EFFECTS

Roger Cowland recalls his work in film optical effects on films like Babe and Mad Max.

microphone-600ORAL HISTORY: FILM CREW | NFSA

An animal wrangler, film armourer and sound recordist discuss their careers in the Australian film industry in these Oral History interviews. …