Skip to main content

The Last Newsreel

Australia, 1990 (MIFF 1990, Documentary)

Director: Karen Borger

When Australian newsreel No. 2032 hits the screen on Opening Night the festival audience will witness the end on an era. But this 'curtain call' for the Australian Newsreel tradition, which officially ceased in 1975, actually represents the first stage of the $4 million, five-year operation of the Newsreel project undertaken by the National Film and Sound Archive to restore, copy and catalogue up to four thousand Movietone News, Cinesound Review and other Australian newsreels.

These irreplaceable records, many of which are on rapidly deteriorating nitrate stock, represent a unique view of our nation's history and culture throughout the larger part of the twentieth century.

The newsreel era may be drawing to a close here but its heritage will live on, thanks to Operation Newsreel and the support of the Greater Union Group and News Corporation Ltd. We are looking forward to seeing the fruits of this project in future Melbourne Film Festivals.
- (TB)

See also...

Eden

The mythical abode of bliss and pleasure, or the scene of massive destruction of the landscape for the purposes of the export woodchip industry? ... The film takes us into the primordial beauty of ... More »

Wild Things

The suburb of St Kilda, in Melbourne, has bean described by Paul Taylor, Australian expat editor of Art and Text magazine, as the "cultural centre of Australia". ... Director's Note: "Wild Things is ... More »

Rosie's Secret

History does not repeat itself, Historians repeat each other. Rosie's Secret uncovers one of Australia's forgotten heroes, Rosie Foster. Talking to an array of identities, including Phillip Adams and ... More »

W.W.M.C.

This witty collection of vignettes profiles a city and some of the people that can be found there. A combination of a quirky shooting style and a discordant sound track effectively con­denses a ... More »

Japanese Cowboys

You couldn't be further from the open plains, but that hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of the guitar plucking, country singing cowboys of Japan. ... Celebrating another example of the Japanese ... More »

A Song of Air

A personal diary film examining the relationship between a woman and her father, a methodist minister. Through the use of home movies the filmmaker attempts an emotional and intellectual ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director