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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Len Maguire
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Amy Mackenzie
Gerard Kennedy ...
Frank Maguire
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Chris Hewitt
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Charlie
Don Crosby ...
A.G. Marwood
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Fay (as Angela Punch)
John Clayton ...
Cliff
John Dease ...
Ken
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Geoff
Lorna Lesley ...
Ellie
Mark Holden ...
Len's new assistant
Drew Forsythe ...
Bruce
Tony Barry ...
Greasy
Alexander Archdale ...
Sir Charles
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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 <dspalding@korova.com>

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The jives, loves and loyalties of the newsreel cameramen. See more »

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29 July 1978 (Australia)  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Newsfront = Authenticity
24 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Many films set in the past don't really work for me because they put a modern-day spin on the attitudes and dialogue. Case in point - "Titanic". "Newsfront" is authentic not only because the characters wear the clothes or drive the cars of Australians from pre-1960, but because they move and speak like them. The writers of "Newsfront" didn't shy away from having characters say things that sound a bit daggy by today's standards. The problems and issues dealt with are also genuinely of the time. The language is authentic without the pandering to or the overuse of the stereotypical."I ought to knock your bloody block off" is used but at the absolutely right time and place and by the right character. Better still,Bruce Spence delivers it with the perfect intonation. It is Australia of the 1950's in a single sentence. There is humour and drama and there is warmth and sadness but never melodrama. There is Wendy Hughes who is surely the classiest actress Australia ever produced. What a face and voice! And there is a friendly rivalry that is by turns humorous and touching between Bill Hunter and John Ewart that could only be portrayed by two such fine actors.There is a wonderful score that is reminiscent of the soundtracks used on radio and early Australian TV. Lastly, there is great use of old footage from the newreels that were watched prior to the cartoons, the second feature and then the feature film. You got your money's worth in those days at the flicks. If you want intelligence and authenticity, this is the film for you.


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