Sunday 22 March 2015

National Film & Sound Archive - Oral Histories and More

It’s been some little time since I sent anything out about the National Film & Sound Archive. Developments and decisions that followed the staff reductions, the production of the Draft Strategic Plan and the consultations which followed appear to be yet to be finalised notwithstanding that it is close to a year since all this activity started.

There is one matter that may interest many of you who signed the original submission protesting about some of these matters. You may have been involved in the NFSA’s Oral History Program and may therefore be interested to know that this week the NFSA ‘s  website will be devoting attention  to a selection of oral history interviews with journalists, musicians, actors, directors and film crew. Each day this week will be devoted to one group. Today, Monday 23 March its journalists and those selected are Leigh Sales, Jeff McMullen and Sandra Sully. Without wishing to pre-empt your selection I would particularly recommend the interview with actor Bruce Spence on Wednesday and not just because it was moi who was asking the questions!!! You can find the NFSA front page  here  today’s page on journalists here  and some background on the program here

To those of you who keep asking me what’s happening to what once seemed like revolutionary change at breakneck and uncontrolled pace, I can only say I hope that there will be further reports and public discussion on NFSA matters still to come.  Change has taken place in many areas of the institution not least amongst Board appointments. Arts Minister George Brandis has not renewed any of those who were on the NFSA Board when he came to office and has appointed Peter Rose, Toni Cody and Paul Neville to take up the cudgels. Two more Board members terms expire shortly.

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