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Newsfront (1978)

PG  |   |  Drama, History  |  29 July 1978 (Australia)
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Len Maguire
Amy Mackenzie
Gerard Kennedy ...
Frank Maguire
Chris Hewitt
Don Crosby ...
A.G. Marwood
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Fay (as Angela Punch)
John Clayton ...
John Dease ...
Lorna Lesley ...
Mark Holden ...
Len's new assistant
Drew Forsythe ...
Tony Barry ...
Alexander Archdale ...
Sir Charles


Surprisingly adventurous saga of an intrepid group of cinematographers and reporters who risk life and limb to capture footage of breaking news for the movie-going public. Written by David Spalding <>

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When the news ran out...they made their own See more »


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Release Date:

29 July 1978 (Australia)  »

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Behind the News  »

Box Office


AUD 600,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Much of the newsreel footage seen in the film is real, including the footage seen early on in which the cameraman was filming the Japanese sniper who killed him. See more »


Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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needs subtitles
29 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had excellent cinematography, first in black and white, and a great sense of period. And the acting seemed quite good. The problem is, I had no idea what anyone was saying most of the time. I've seen Australian movies before and haven't had any problems with the language, but this movie was full of strange words spoken in the fast cadence that has long been used to represent old-fashioned newsmen. I tried to watch it for a while, because really, it looks like it would be a really good movie if I understood it, but it was just impossible. I once saw an English movie that was subtitled for Americans, because it was a very slangy sort of English, and I wish they'd done the same thing with this one.

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