This captivating film tells the story of the many unsung newsreel cameramen and reporters who worked in postwar Australia before the arrival of television, when a news-hungry population flocked to the cinemas to get the scoop on the latest events. Although competition was fierce, the journalists were invigorated by their work, chasing big and not-so-big stories ranging from dramatic floods to exciting horse races and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute “Better to Reign in Hell,” utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.
In 1973, he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made Castor and Pollux (1973), a 50-minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974.
Noyce’s first professional film was the 50-minute docu-drama “God Knows Why, But It Works” in 1975. This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie Backroads (1977) which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote Newsfront (1978), which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the… read more