Moving Images

The State Library holds over 13,500 Western Australian films, videos and DVDs.

The collection features a range of historical and contemporary media, including government, commercial and educational films, home videos, and newsreels, made in or about Western Australia. The oldest film in the collection is from 1907.

Much of the film collection documents the development of Western Australia: its history, lifestyle and people.

Many older moving image formats are sensitive or fragile and require specific handling and housing conditions to ensure the long-term preservation. Many films have been reformatted to more stable physical or digital formats.

Access to the Collection

Films, videos and DVDs can be located through the State Library catalogue.  Films can be viewed by appointment. There is a minimum 24 hour delay before original films can be viewed due to preservation considerations. 

For enquiries about ordering copies of motion picture content, please use the Library’s copying service.

Individual scenes from pre-1950 films in the collection can be searched using the Bibliography of 16mm film produced in Western Australia to 1950 from the State Film Archives of Western Australia by Kaylene Heard which is available online.

Film Collection Highlights

The Film Collection Highlights tell stories of Western Australia, showing different aspects of the State's history over a period of years. 


Last updated on: 5 April 2018