What do Crocodile Dundee's knife, Muriel's wedding dress and Satine's dress from Moulin Rouge! have in common?
Aside from being engrained in Australia's film history, they will be on show at the National Film and Sound Archive's latest exhibition, Australians and Hollywood: a tale of craft, talent, and ambition.
The institution announced on Tuesday that the exhibition would open on January 21 and run until July 17, with tickets now on sale.
The exhibition will be an audiovisual feast of behind-the-scenes, on-screen and red carpet moments, featuring rare items - costumes, memorabilia and props - from the archive's collection that have never been displayed before.
"This is one of the first opportunities for us to really show off the collection. It's the first original show we've had in a long time and so that's a big feat," curator Tara Marynowsky said.
"Also, we've had such great support from the industry. All the loans we've managed to bring in personal loans from what we're calling our Hollywood friends."
From the striking customised steering wheels of Mad Max: Fury Roadand the costumes from Moulin Rouge! and The Sapphires, to Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin's art concept books for Romeo + Juliet and the clapperboard from the 2021 sci-fi epic, Dune, audiences can see up close the creativity and craft that goes into making a classic.
"Films can help us make sense of the world, inspire social change, and reflect who we are," Ms Marynowsky said.
"We hope audiences walk away from this exhibition with a greater understanding of the artform and how Australians have redefined big-screen spectacle and found success on their own terms.
"Australians and Hollywood is a celebration of iconic moments in contemporary Australian film, but also of the shared communal experience we enjoy when we go to the movies or visit an exhibition together."
National Film and Sound Archive chief executive Patrick McIntyre said that as it is the first time in two decades that an exhibition had been curated primarily from the archive's collection, marking a moment of transformation for the institution.
"Australians and Hollywood is the start of a new era of opening up our collection and sharing it with the world," he said.
"This isn't only a celebration of Australian cinematic success; these stories and memories provide an insight into our national character, and where we might be heading, while highlighting the importance of preserving them for future generations.
"The exhibition is filled with memorable, shared experiences of our homegrown storytellers. We want Australians to be inspired and invigorated by our contemporary cinematic stories."
- Australians and Hollywood: a tale of craft, talent, and ambition is at the National Film and Sound Archive from January 21 until July 17. Tickets from nfsa.gov.au.
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