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Frontline (1979)


A biographical documentary about the working life of combat cameraman and correspondent, Neil Davis (1934–1985). The former Tasmanian went to Vietnam in 1974, working for the London based Visnews. He worked alone filming the Vietnam War and continued on into Cambodia. As a war correspondent, he worked at the extreme front-line, filming the Vietnamese army and on several occasions filming the enemy, the Vietcong. The documentary includes a filmed interview with Davis, much of his famous war footage and historical footage.

Curator’s notes

A fascinating documentary. The viewer sees the remarkable footage taken under fire and hears Neil Davis’s description of the circumstances. He talks about the role of the war correspondent and gives the sense of being engulfed in war when your colleagues and friends are killed.