Hawkesbury Library to screen 1978 film Newsfront

HAWKESBURY Library will screen the 1978 Australian film Newsfront twice on Thursday, September 3.

The story spans 1948 to 1956 and deals with the old Australian film news industry, which dominated the day’s electronic media until television came to Australia.

Newsfront stars Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Bryan Brown, Chris Haywood and Gerard Kennedy.

It was directed by Phillip Noyce, who also wrote the screenplay with Bob Ellis, David Elfick and Philippe Mora.

Hunter plays the main character, Len Maguire, who is devoted to his craft and struggles to maintain it, even as new technology threatens the old ways.

His brother, Frank, played by Kennedy, is more ambitious and leaves the company for a more lucrative career in the United States.

This in turn prompts Frank’s girlfriend, Amy Mackenzie, played by Hughes, to make an interesting choice.

The film also provides an insight into 1950s Australia’s political conflicts and how women might have coped in a male-dominated industry.

Newsfront runs for about 96 minutes and will be screened, at 10am and again at 6pm, in the Tebbutt Room, Hawkesbury Library, 300 George Street, Windsor.

Refreshments will be available before the screenings and all are welcome to bring along snacks and drinks to enjoy during the film.

The screening is courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive and part of the monthly Movies@Your Library program, on the first Thursday of each month, except January.

Movies are free, however bookings are essential. Phone 4560 4460 or email programs@hawkesbury. nsw.gov.au with your name, contact number and preferred session.