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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Phillip Noyce (PATRIOT GAMES, DEAD CALM), NEWSFRONT tells the story of the previously unsung newsreel cameramen, who raced to beat deadlines and dangers to capture on film, for a voracious audience of cinemagoers, the historic moments that were shaping a young nation. But their days were numbered, as a new technology called television threatened to bring the world into the living room instantaneously.
Featuring one of the finest Australian casts ever assembled, including Bill Hunter (MURIEL'S WEDDING, STRICTLY BALLROOM), Wendy Hughes (MY BRILLIANT CAREER) and Bryan Brown (F/X, "The Thorn Birds"), this dynamic drama garnered raves from critics around the globe and won eight Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. NEWSFRONT has been fully restored and remastered in High Definition from original vault materials, and is now presented with exciting Extras for the first time in America!
As Australia undergoes a series of social and political upheavals and historic events--including a spectacular re-creation of the devastating Maitland flood of 1955--the newsreel creators face the increasingly difficult challenge of defending their own political and ethical boundaries, and Newsfront achieves unexpected depths of incident and character, both sobering and humorous. As directed by Phillip Noyce (who later enjoyed great success with Dead Calm, Patriot Games, and Rabbit Proof Fence), the film brilliantly matches form to content, changing its visual style and soundtrack to reflect the evolution of filmmaking that occurred during the time-frame of the drama (for example, transitioning from black-and-white to color and adapting its cinematography to approximate subtle advancements in filmmaking technique). The efforts of Noyce and his collaborators paid off handsomely: Newsfront won nearly every major Australian film award, and its remarkable production history is fully explored in an exceptional DVD commentary by virtually every member of the film's primary cast and crew. Other DVD extras include "The Last Newsreel" (a featurette about preservation and restoration of Australian newsreels) and extensive DVD-ROM study materials including an in-depth production history, a generous archive of reviews, and a detailed account of Newsfront's DVD restoration. --Jeff Shannon
A film that will remind Australian baby boomers of how it was & educate gen Y & Xer's. It will delight viewers from elsewhere who are not familiar with Australia or her history. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Geekay