Frontline

Australia, 1979

Film

An account of the Vietnam War as seen through the camera of the late Australian war correspondent, Neil Davis. David Bradbury’s multi-award winning documentary also examines the ethical issues facing a man in the frontline who is not an active combatant.
Vietnam was a television war, a war said to have been lost in the lounge rooms of middle America, and not on the battlefield. This film explores the conflict, and Davis’ involvement in it, combining his original footage, comments and archival film. It includes the famous, historic footage of the fall of Saigon, which Davis was the only Western journalist to film.

Credits

producer/director

David Bradbury

production company

Australian War Memorial

Tasmanian Film Corporation

Australian Film Commission

British Broadcasting Corporation

ABC

Duration

00:54:04:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1979

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

013825

Language

English

Audience classifications

Exempt

Mediatheque - not for children (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Davis, Neil, 1934-1985

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Journalism - Political aspects

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture journalism - Australia

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Davis, Neil, 1934-1985

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Motion pictures and the war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War correspondents

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Journalism - Political aspects

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → Vietnam - History

History → Vietnam War, 1961-1975

People → Davis, Neil, 1934-1985

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

MOV file H264; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

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