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Newsfront (1978)

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

David Elfick, Bob Ellis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Hunter ... Len Maguire
Wendy Hughes ... Amy Mackenzie
Gerard Kennedy Gerard Kennedy ... Frank Maguire
Chris Haywood ... Chris Hewitt
John Ewart ... Charlie
Don Crosby Don Crosby ... A.G. Marwood
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Fay (as Angela Punch)
John Clayton John Clayton ... Cliff
John Dease John Dease ... Ken
Bryan Brown ... Geoff
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ... Ellie
Mark Holden Mark Holden ... Len's new assistant
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... Bruce
Tony Barry ... Greasy
Alexander Archdale Alexander Archdale ... Sir Charles
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Storyline

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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They covered the action and shared the excitement. See more »

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Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the News See more »

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Budget:

AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »

Connections

Featured in Century of Cinema: 40,000 years of dreaming (1997) See more »

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A great-looking film that never really comes together.
28 April 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

The difficulty with a film like "Newsfront" is how it tends to have the same approach to its characters as the characters have to themselves. Which is to say, a lot of emotional distance. The film is especially well directed, but it never really becomes the sum of all its parts. The best bits revolve around the newsroom stuff, so that the relationships seem rather unimportant by comparison. A much more recent film, "Good Night and Good Luck" is more balanced and intense in this respect.

Vincent Monton's cinematography is particularly good (He would work with Noyce 4 years later again on "Heatwave"). This is a film that's always fun to look at. The black & white is crisp and clean and the colour footage is warm and vibrant. But, in the end, it's like a pretty picture postcard. Fun to watch, but just too hard to get into.


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