Cinesound: Tim Bowden

Cinesound: Tim Bowden
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Cinesound Review called itself 'The Voice of Australia', and was touted by Ken Hall (managing editor) as the 'all-Australian newsreel'. (King).

Like its predecessor The Australasian Gazette (Australia's flourishing newsreel production company in the days before talking pictures), Cinesound Review projected images of Australia and Australians that promoted national myths and heroes.

Newsreels featured iconic personalities - Aussie sportsmen and women, daring aviators and adventurers, glamorous socialites, courageous Aussie diggers and sun-bronzed Aussie lifesavers. Production teams were skilled at recreating the drama of occassions, and grand social and civic events were frequently represented. The newsreels scored a coup at the opening of the monumental Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, when a camerman captured footage of the infamous Captain de Groot as he slashed the ribbon ahead of the Premier, Jack Lang.

The legendary Australian fillmmaker, producer and director Ken Hall was Cinesound's managing editor for 25 years. Hall boasted, 'We never used a foreign story except during the war and all those stories involved Australian servicement and were made by Australian cameramen'. (Hall 48).

Reference and further reading

King, Barrie 'Newsreels'. The Moving Image. 16 September 2002. Accessed January 2005:

Hall, Ken G. Australian Films: The Inside Story. Melbourne: Landowne P, 1977

Television series: 'Hot from the Spot to the Screen' (Episode 4), The Australian Image (1987). Producer: Ray Edmondson. Director: Nick Hilyard.