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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.

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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
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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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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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Newsreel filmmakers find their identity in postwar Australia
19 March 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Phillip Noyce's historical and oddly prophetic first feature traces the story of two newsreel photographers in post-war Australia. Starting from the first waves of European post-war immigration, the storyruns through to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. As colour narrative and genuine black-and-white newsreel footage merge together with brilliantly recreated events(the 1954 Maitland flood scenes slip from story to newsreel quite seamlessly) so the stories of the characters, the newsreel industry (eventually to fall to television's instant power) and indeed the political development of the nation itself are cleverly intertwined in a multi-layered tour de force by editor John Scott.

Chris Hayward's cockney - and cocky - young camera assistant is a great foil to Bill Hunter's doggedly dependable and ever-cautious senior cameraman Len Maguire, trapped in a world of changing values, always knowing the "right" thing to do, but always troubled by the outcome as his marriage falters, his job is threatened by TV, and his company is taken over and its work marginalised. Meanwhile his brother and rival cameraman Frank, played by Gerard Kennedy "sells out" his values, abandoning his responsibilities, and heading off to success in the USA.

Scriptwriter Bob Ellis has remained a fierce supporter of a strong and distinctly Australian film industry (Newsfront was among the first of the features of the Australian "Renaissance" of the mid-70s), while director Phillip Noyce has found success in Hollywood with films he could never have made in Australia (Clear & Present Danger, Sliver, The Bone Collector). How would he treat Len and Frank today - who would be the hero?

This film is a compelling story, essential viewing for all film fans, film history fans, anyone interested in learning where Australian films emerged from, and a good yarn for everyone else.


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