Канберра - The Opening Of Canberra, Australia's Capital City

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The 9th of May 2013, marks the 86th anniversary of the opening of the Federal Parliament House in Canberra. This is the official film made on the day to record and preserve that significant ceremony. The formal opening by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927, was one of the Cinema Branch's Know Your Own Country series. It is one of many films in The Film Australia Collection that have captured unique, historical events that form part of Australia's visual memory. Filming those parts of the ceremony that took place in the Senate chamber proved to be a challenging exercise. The lights could be turned on only for two minutes at a time. Cinema Branch cinematographer, Bert Ive, and his assistant Reg Pearse had to work quickly to try and capture these important moments. Fortunately many of the events took place outdoors. Made by The Cinema and Photographic Branch 1927.

Although originally a silent film with inter-title cards the NFSA recently commissioned a musical accompaniment, devised and performed by Elaine Loebenstein, to be added to this film as part of the Canberra 100 celebrations. This version and other NFSA Canberra themed films were also released on the Imagining Canberra DVD available from the NFSA.


As The Film Australia Collection marks its 100th year there are many NFSA online resource available; films, photos and blogs.
FAC on Flikr:
Read more about pioneering cinematographer Bert Ive:
National Film Board supremo Stanley Hawes:
Film Australia Collection:
Old Parliament House is home to the Museum of Australian Democracy.
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