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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 Bill Kennedy 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Australian Film Institute Awards Bill Hunter Best Actor 1978 Winner

Cast

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
Bryan Brown
as Geoff the Editor
Lorna Lesley
as Ellie
John Dease
as Ken, the Narrator
Drew Forsythe
as Bruce the Second Editor
Tony Barry
as Greasy the Sound Mixer
Alexander Archdale
as Sir Charles
Bill Lyle
as Macka the Projectionist
Bruce Spence
as Redex Trial Driver
Les Foxcroft
as Redex Trial Driver
Robyn Moase
as Dinah
John Flaus
as Father Coughlan
Chad Morgan
as Redex Singer

Crew

Phillip Noyce
Director
David Elfick
Producer
David Elfick
Screenwriter
Bob Ellis
Screenwriter
Bob Ellis
Screen Story
Philippe Mora
Screenwriter
Phillip Noyce
Screenwriter
Vincent Monton
Cinematographer
William Motzing
Composer (Music Score)
John Scott
Editor
Lissa Coote
Production Designer
Richard Brennan
Associate Producer
Norma Moriceau
Costume Designer
Kimble Hilder
Special Effects
David Elfick
Conception
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