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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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One of Harrison Ford's favorite films. When Phillip Noyce was chosen to direct Patriot Games (1992), Ford asked the producers who was the director because he had never heard of him before (and he had the power to veto the director if he didn't like or know). He was told that Noyce directed Dead Calm (1989), which was a big hit but Ford wasn't familiar with the movie. But when he asked about other films directed by Noyce and Newsfront (1978) was mentioned, he said he loved that movie and trusted the studio with their choice of director. See more »


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A totally enthralling masterpiece.
6 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

As a child growing up in the Sydney of the 1950s, I can readily identify with the content of this fine film. Each week I visited the Wynyard Newsreel cinema on George Street to watch the Cinesound (and usually 3 Stooges) shorts. Never has there been a better blending of B/W and colour in a film. Faultless production values round off a never to be forgotten movie experience.

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