Newsfront: NFSA Digital Restoration

Bill Hunter looks through the viewfinder of a newsreel camera on location with his assistant, played by Chris Haywood, in the film Newsfront.
Newsfront: NFSA Digital Restoration
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The NFSA has completed a digitial restoration of Newsfront (1978).

In Australia in the late 1940s, before the coming of television, Len Maguire (Bill Hunter) and his young sidekick Chris (Chris Haywood, both pictured) cover the big news stories for the Cinetone newsreel company. Times are changing and Len struggles to maintain his principles in a turbulent era.

The award-winning classic film, directed by Phillip Noyce, makes extensive use of real newsreels; it integrates new and old footage, shifting effortlessly between black-and-white and colour. The cast also includes Wendy Hughes, Bryan Brown, Gerard Kennedy and Angela Punch McGregor.

The NFSA restoration premiered in 2014.