Over 7,000 items, comprising of almost 3,000,000 feet of original cine film and 1000 hours of original video, are held in the film collection, covering all aspects of Australian involvement in war and armed conflict.
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Film donations are received from a range of donors, from amateur film makers to documentary companies. Much material has been acquired from the Australian Department of Defence, or via fee waiver agreements. Film material commissioned by the Memorial has recently increased the amount of contemporary, quality material to the National Collection.
The film and video collection includes video oral histories, film commissions such as Official Cinematographer Rob Nugent to Iraq and Timor, purchases of the work of David Dare Parker, John Martinkus, Gary Ramage, Stephen Dupont and George Gittoes, and interviews from documentaries, obtained via fee waiver arrangement – for example Debt of Honour [East Timor], The Minefield [Vietnam], Beyond Kokoda [WW2], Black Knight [WW2]. The senior curator for Film and Sound travelled to Afghanistan in 2011 and recorded fifty interviews in video and audio. Donations from private individuals form a valuable part of the collection, from the home movies of WW2 and Vietnam veterans, to 80 hours of digital video shot by remote camera during the discovery of the HMAS Sydney off the coast of Western Australia. Sydney was lost on 19 November 1941 with no survivors from the crew of 645.
Film collections are stored in climate controlled vaults. Original film and video is preserved to film, digital tape or digital file, depending on the format of the original.
- See selected footage from the collection on our YouTube channel
- Collecting in action, Afghanistan
- Prisoners of the Japanese - a sound record
- Remember remembering - First World War oral histories
- Observations of a Film and Sound accessions officer
- Highlights from the Film and Sound collection
- There are film clips about the role of animals in war on our A is for Animals exhibition pages.
About 4,800 film titles are available to the public for viewing in the Research Centre. You can search for films in the Collection . Time-coded copies are available for viewing and for purchase, subject to copyright approval. A fee is charged for commercial use. For more information please see How to order photos, art, fim & sound.
To make a film or video donation offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org