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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 Australian movie classic the world applauded. See more »

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29 July 1978 (Australia)  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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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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decent oz new wave film
27 October 2003 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

i saw this film as part of my australian cinema course and i thought it was very good, if a little too long. casting was very good, with bill hunter doing a good job as len mcguire, the quintessential aussie battler who has old fashioned values and a strong commitment to his work. wendy hughes was absolutely GORGEOUS in this film, she puts many hollywood starlets to shame, she was so hot in this movie. the transitions from B&W to colour were inventive and the use of stock newsreel footage gave the film a sense of reality. overall, a good but not excellent aussie film.


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