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Newsfront film screening

An Australian cinema classic

Dir: Phillip Noyce 1978
111 mins 35mm Colour and B&W Rated PG
Starring Bill Hunter, Chris Haywood, Wendy Hughes, Bryan Brown, Gerard Kennedy

Set between 1948, with the post-World War II immigration boom, and ending in 1956, with the coming of television, Newsfront is the story of two rival Australian newsreel companies in the cut-throat business of producing weekly short documentaries for distribution in cinemas.

Newsreels were the main source of news and current affairs for millions of moviegoers until television supplanted their role. Capturing the social history of a generation through the experiences of newsreel cameramen, Noyce’s drama moves between two stories of rivalry and ambition. The first involves newsreel companies Cinetone and Newco. The other concerns brothers Len and Frank Maguire, both employed at Cinetone.

An insightful glimpse into the early days of the news business, the film seamlessly incorporates actual newsreel footage of milestone events in Australia’s mid-20th century history, including the referendum to ban the Communist Party, the Redex round-Australia car trial, the Maitland floods and the Melbourne Olympic Games.

In conversation

Join us on Wednesday 31 October at 6.30pm for a discussion of the near-loss and complex restoration of this iconic film. For details, see Newsfront in conversation.

Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Kodak/Atlab Project.

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Wednesday 31 October 2012, 2pm & 7.15pm
Sunday 4 November 2012, 2pm


Tickets are issued at the Domain Theatre one hour before commencement. Films start at the advertised time. Doors open 30 minutes before this. Latecomers not admitted.

Location: Domain Theatre

National Film & Sound Archive