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Are you fascinated by a particular subject, say… castles, painting, jazz, literature or fashion? An almost limitless range of topics can be explored. Our Collection is here for your discovery, and also for its research potential if you want to dig deeper.

The Collection contains over 200,000 moving image works, including film, tape and disc material, time-based media art, games, television, digital culture and ephemera including books, journals, publicity photographs, film posters and press kits.

Roughly 40,000 records from this larger collection are searchable online and able to be requested in the Australian Mediatheque.

The collection is presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive and a range of other content partners.

You can also try our new open source Collection Data Explorer to browse films, footage and other works by category, year of production, associated people and companies and running time.

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Research at ACMI

We provide access to the collection for in-depth research and have completed successful collaborative research projects with a number of universities, organisations and professional researchers.

Some of these research projects have covered subjects  as diverse as: 

  • Chinese Feature Films;
  • Indigenous Filmmakers;
  • 1980s Australian Video Games;
  • Glass blowing;
  • Urban Planning;
  • Representations of Women in Documentaries about Papua New Guinea;
  • 16mm Italian Films
  • School-Building Architecture

Browse some of our recent research projects below.

Research projects

Chinese film research

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Bully stoppers

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Movin' In

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Play it again

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ACMI in the regions

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Digital storytelling

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