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Starstruck

Australian Movie Portraits

Previous exhibition from Friday 10 November 2017 until Sunday 4 March 2018

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are working on a ground-breaking major collaborative travelling exhibition project: Starstruck. Striking, beautiful and poignant portraiture documents the making and marketing of films.

When the creative experience of production is over, the film’s portraiture remains as a personal souvenir, an evocative historical record or an iconic image of Australian life. The Starstruck project unites the NPG’s expertise in portraiture and exhibitions development and the National Film and Sound Archive’s expertise in Australian film heritage/history with an extensive collection of over a century’s worth of portraits depicting Australian actors and production crew. Our Starstruck project will be the first exhibition surveying the role and presence of portraiture across Australian cinema, rather than focussing on a particular era, place or person.

1Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015. 2Judy Davis as Sybilla and Sam Neill as Harry by David Kynoch Film: My Brilliant Career, 1979.

Starstruck draws on the NFSA’s collection of portraits relating to Australian feature films from the early 20th century to today. There will be a large exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, including original material and costumes, that will travel to large metropolitan venues in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and a small self-install exhibition Starstruck: On Location, to make these collections available to the widest possible audience in regional and remote Australia. Major themes will explore portraiture’s place in film, how cinema has shaped portraiture and the influence of these images on Australian culture. We are also developing a significant print publication and an extensive website. NFSA and the NPG are in full partnership on this project.

1Daphne Campbell on location, Roper River, NT Film: The Overlanders, 1946. 2Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda by David Kynoch Film: Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975.

Related people

Penny Grist (curator)

Related information

Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015

If you love movies, you’ll love Starstruck!

8 August 2017

Archived media releases 2017

In an unprecedented partnership, the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

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Brooke Lockett, Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Halaina Hills; New York, 2012 Lisa Tomasetti
Brooke Lockett, Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Halaina Hills; New York, 2012 Lisa Tomasetti
Brooke Lockett, Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Halaina Hills; New York, 2012 Lisa Tomasetti
Brooke Lockett, Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Halaina Hills; New York, 2012 Lisa Tomasetti

Dance like everyone’s watching

About Face article

8 September 2020

Penelope Grist’s spirits soar with Lisa Tomasetti’s Dancers in the Streets series.

Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim
Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim
Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim
Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim

Back track

About Face article

1 July 2020

Penelope Grist finds photographer Matt Nettheim re-visiting a formative and fulfilling career tram stop.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.