Newsfront is often regarded as one of the best Australian films ever made and each time I revisit it I gain a greater appreciation. It's been several years since I had last seen it and watching it again tonight felt really fresh and new. I didn't recall it switching back and forth between black & white and colour but interestingly, it does. It's a minor flaw, however, as the coloured scenes are so vibrant and classic. I reckon keeping only the newsreel footage in B&W would have served the film better. Anyhow Newsfront is one of Phillip Noyce's early films, co-written by Bob Ellis based on a concept from Phillipe Mora. The film follows a newsreel photographer (Bill Hunter) throughout the late 40s and 50s as the threat of television becomes an increasing reality. Its made with an affection for Australia and lovingly re-creates the era beautifully. There is so much attention to detail from the costumes and colour scheme to the exterior locations and mannerisms. Bill Hunter gives a solid lead performance and he's supported by a fantastic ensemble of players such as Wendy Hughes, Chris Haysworth, Brian Brown and Gerard Kennedy amongst others. I recall watching it as a teenager and back then I saw a completely different film. My memory had me convinced it covered a lot more action with brave cameramen putting their lives on the line for footage... while some of that is definitely part of Newsfront, I have watched it again with a new understanding. The film is richly layered with various themes from ethics to politics but casts a strong focus on the fear of Communism and the gradual encroachment of Americanisms. Something else that struck me was how relevant Newsfront is today. The film opens with actual newsreel footage of immigrants arriving, being assimilated and eventually given citizenship. The Aussies embraced these foreigners with pride and had their arms wide open to embrace newcomers. Perhaps this movie is one a lot of us should revisit. Its also covers industrial action and religion highlighting that they had the same problems back then that they have now. Maybe we could learn how to deal with such things better? If you've never seen Newsfront then I hope this has given you reason to do so. It's a great Aussie film.