Newsfront (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Newsfront (1978)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Set between the years 1949 and 1956, Newsfront tracks the destinies of two brothers, their adventures and misadventures placed in the context of sweeping social and political changes in their native Australia. Both of the protagonists are newsreel photographers. Frank (Gerard Maguire) is constitutionally resistant to change, while Len (Bill Kennedy) welcomes any alterations in his own life and in the world around him. The film fluctuates between black and white and color, between actual news footage and reconstructed events. Newsfront is what The Way We Were might have looked like on a tiny budget with a cast of unknowns. The film represented a laudable feature-film directorial debut for one-time documentary filmmaker Philip Noyce. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Bill Hunter
as Len Maguire
Wendy Hughes
as Amy McKenzie
Gerard Kennedy
as Frank Maguire
Chris Haywood
as Chris Hewett
John Ewart
as Charlie Henderson
Don Crosby
as A.G. Marwood
Bryan Brown
as Geoff the Editor
John Clayton
as Cliff the Production Manager
John Dease
as Ken the Narrator
Drew Forsythe
as Bruce the Second Editor
Tony Barry
as Greasy the Sound Mixer
Mark Holden
as Len's New Assistant
Alexander Archdale
as Sir Charles
Bill Lyle
as Macka the Projectionist
Paul Jones
as Charlie's assistant
Bruce Spence
as Redex Trial Driver
Les Foxcroft
as Redex Trial Driver
John Flaus
as Father Coughlan
Chad Morgan
as Redex Singer
View All

Critic Reviews for Newsfront

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

It is fascinating material, reasonably exotic.

December 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Newsfront is, in any case, a pleasant and nostalgic movie, told in a key a little too low to constantly involve us.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The way the newsreels are woven into the fictionalized story is seamless.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Newsfront

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Newsfront!

Newsfront Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features