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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.


Phillip Noyce


Phillip Noyce (screenplay), Bob Ellis (based on an original screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Hunter ... Len Maguire
Wendy Hughes ... Amy Mackenzie
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 ... Cliff
John Dease John Dease ... Ken
Bryan Brown ... Geoff
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ... Ellie
Mark Holden ... Len's New Assistant
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... Bruce
Tony Barry ... Greasy
Alexander Archdale 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 <dspalding@korova.com>

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David Elfick hired Bob Ellis to write the screenplay because he had admired the musical play written by Ellis, "The Legend of King O'Malley". Ellis says he wrote the first draft with Howard Rubie, who was a former cameraman for Cinesound and thought he was going to direct it. Anne Brooksbank later contributed to the script. Phillip Noyce was then hired as director and worked with Ellis. Ellis fell out with Noyce and demanded his name be taken off the credits. Ellis said: "There was some nonsense about how long it was; we'd set it out, one short scene per page and it finally came out about 300 pages or so but, in fact, it was maybe two and a quarter hours long, which wasn't too bad then or now for something that covered 10 years. But a legend started about how huge it was. When I saw it, I was appalled. I could only see what was missing and abruptly took my name off it. Then when it won all the prizes, I sort of shamefacedly put my name back on it. It was a quite painful experience and I think a very good film, but not as good a film as might have been made. One of the models for it was the film, Yanks, which was a moment in history in particular culture perfectly captured. It had a lot more than the politics in it but, partly because of the budget and partly because of the length, it was pruned back to the politics. Now, the politics was all there in the original but it was surrounding other things, such as the way people spent their Christmases. That was removed." See more »


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A finely crafted little film
10 February 2001 | by pae-skSee all my reviews

This finely crafted little film from Australia has a freshness and spontaneity lacking in most major productions, and because it is so fresh and spontaneous, and because the actors are not known in the States (except for Bryan Brown, who has since made a name for himself) nothing is predictable. The backdrop of the newsreel industry, and the men and women dedicated to their careers is slightly reminiscent of some of those Warner Brothers pictures of the early 30's where everything happened in the pressroom or the police station or the hospital, the job itself structuring the plot and moving the characters' development forward. A thoroughly different and enjoyable film.

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29 July 1978 (Australia) See more »

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AUD600,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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