John Farnham will turn 70 on 1 July. As a “Happy Birthday to him”, the National Film and Sound Archive has put together an online exhibition to celebrate the occasion.
The exhibition features:
• The earliest Farnham footage in the NFSA collection: an early 1968 interview in Seven’s current affairs program 7 Days.
• The Wonderful World of Johnny Farnham, a 1970 special contrasting his suburban home life with his teenage idol persona.
• Liberace crowning Farnham as King of Pop at the 1971 Australian Pop Music Awards.
• A conversation with Sammy Davis Jr on The Don Lane Show, 1980.
• Farnham’s acting roles in Division 4, Home and Away, the sitcoms Bobby Dazzler (with Sigrid Thornton) and The Last of the Australians, plus a look at his presenting and comedy skills alongside Colleen Hewitt in the variety show It’s Magic (1974).
• Mike Willesee reporting on Farnham’s success in Germany, 1988.
• Musical performances, TV commercials, interviews and more!
The exhibition was curated by Thosten Keading who said, ‘Few Australian performers have had the stellar highs and sustained success of John Farnham, truly an Icon of Australian popular music who’s songs have helped form the fabric of our culture from the 1960s on. The National Film and Sound Archives collection is a unique cultural treasure which helps tell the story of who we were, are and will be, the items we have in our collection by John Farnham will continue to be available into the future, so people can understand the culture of the times and his place in it’.
The exhibition, available at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/johnfarnham, coincides with Farnham’s upcoming 70th birthday on 1 July 2019.