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½ July 27, 2017
This classic Australian film from 1978 is set during the 1940s and 50s. It mainly deals with the Cinetone Newsreel films of the day. I really liked the vintage and retro aspect of the film, which is in insight into a largely forgotten Australia. Although the accompanying storyline is quite sparse, the nostalgic aspect of the film had me hooked. AFI
June 12, 2017
Philip Noyce made his feature film debut with this true story of an Australian newsreel company.
½ February 19, 2016
Excellent drama, with great attention paid to historical authenticity.
June 20, 2014
uses both colour & blk n white to tell the story of 2 brothers year s/b 1978
June 15, 2014
A very specific of topic for a film, covering the history of Australian newsreel cameramen and reporters from their inception through their eventual decline, largely due to the advent of television. Not at all being familiar with Australian newsreel history, I didn't have any kind of nostalgia for this topic, which the filmmakers clearly did, but the film is absolutely engrossing. Directed by the underrated Phillip Noyce before he hit it big with "Dead Calm" and then moving over to the US to direct Hollywood pictures, he seamlessly incorporates vintage newsreel footage with the fictional lives of the newsreel reporters, brilliantly editing together color and black & white footage of the reporters' lives. The film is an absolute love letter to this period, and although I have not experience with this particular bit of OZ history, it was fascinating none-the-less.
April 8, 2014
"Newsfront" is a pleasant and nostalgic movie, told in a key a little too low to constantly involve us
March 7, 2014
A quiet epic on both the making of a nation, and the craft of those who documented it.
December 31, 2010
A fascinating movie about by-gone era.
December 17, 2009
Enjoyable nostalgia piece set in Australia between the years 1948 to 1956, about newsreel cameramen juggling their professional and family lives and dealing with the impending rise of television.
Rather than getting too over-celebratory about a bygone medium, the film eschews a traditional narrative and just strings together a series of vignettes based around several major news events that occurred in Australia in the late 40's and early 50's. Some moments work while some drag a bit, but an overall entertaining picture.
½ August 11, 2009
The second of the two good Australian films.
February 3, 2009
Well-made film that is no doubt more rewarding for Australians and those in the business, as it comments on history and how it impacts those mediating its construction. For a change, this is done without po-mo pretense, uncritical nostalgia or obvious self-reflexivity.

Keep an eye out for Bruce Spence's hilarious cameo, which may have been an homage to The Cars That Ate Paris but is even funnier now after his subsequent autodueling flicks.
June 6, 2008
I always thought there could be a fascinating film about newsreel photographers - in Australia or otherwise, but this isn't it. Not nearly enough scenes out in the field, it spends more time on the bland personal lives and office politics of the cameramen and producers. There are a few compelling moments, but they're spaced out between long stretches of slow-paced, talky melodrama. An interesting style alternating between color and black & white never really plays out to any effect.
½ June 3, 2008
A newsreel version of Broadcast News. A really good movie. and good example of Australian cinema at its best.
May 28, 2008
Wendy Hughes had a great little 5 ep stint in Homicide LOTS, which she was great in, and she in just as good here.
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