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Newsfront

Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer/director Phillip Noyce, writer Bob Ellis and producer David Elfick; The Last Newsreel; The Newsfront Story; 1978 Australian film awards excerpts; Theatrical trailer; Study guide (DVD-ROM); Newsfront reviews in depth (DVD-ROM); The restoration of Newsfront (DVD-ROM); Original assessments for the production of Newsfront (DVD-ROM)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • UPC: 827058111096
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,947

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Hunter Len Maguire
Wendy Hughes Amy McKenzie
Gerard Kennedy Frank Maguire
Chris Haywood Chris Hewett
John Ewart Charlie Henderson
Angela Punch Fay Maguire
Don Crosby A.G. Marwood
Bryan Brown Geoff the Editor
John Clayton Cliff the Production Manager
Lorna Lesley Ellie
John Dease Ken, the Narrator
Drew Forsythe Bruce the Second Editor
Tony Barry Greasy the Sound Mixer
Mark Holden Len's New Assistant
Alexander Archdale Sir Charles
Bill Lyle Macka the Projectionist
Paul Jones Charlie's assistant
Paul Jones Charlie's assistant
Bruce Spence Redex trial driver
Les Foxcroft Redex Trial Driver
Robyn Moase Dinah
John Flaus Father Coughlan
Chad Morgan Redex Singer
Technical Credits
Phillip Noyce Director, Screenwriter
Richard Brennan Associate Producer
Lissa Coote Production Designer
Lawrence Eastwood Art Director
David Elfick Producer, Screenwriter
Bob Ellis Original Story, Screenwriter
Kimble Hilder Special Effects
Tim Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Monton Cinematographer
Philippe Mora Screenwriter
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
William Motzing Score Composer
John Scott Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Newsfront
1. Program Start/"Sydney Australia 1948" [2:13]
2. Main Titles [3:48]
3. Professional Ethics [4:40]
4. Cinetone News [2:42]
5. State Newreel [2:56]
6. Company Man [5:16]
7. "April 1949" [2:20]
8. War Footage [5:26]
9. "November 1949" [5:02]
10. Political Statement [4:26]
11. "Winter 1951" [3:09]
12. The Communist Menace [3:33]
13. "Spring 1951" [4:51]
14. Unhappy Home [3:27]
15. "Winter 1953" [2:24]
16. The Nixon Newsreel [1:23]
17. Redex Round Australia Trial [2:17]
18. One Night Stand [7:10]
19. The Right Thing [4:15]
20. "February 1954" [4:04]
21. The Great Flood [2:17]
22. A Terrible Loss [4:58]
23. "Spring 1956" [2:27]
24. Changing Times [3:55]
25. Frank's Return [5:29]
26. New Developments [5:51]
27. 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games [4:00]
28. End Credits [3:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Newsfront
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Audio Commentary
         Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Phillip Noyce, Writer Bob Ellis and Producer David Elfick: On/Off
      The Last Newsreel
      The Newsfront Story
      1978 Australian Film Awards Excerpts
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD-ROM
   Setup
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   Play
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