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Director: Emma Freeman

Producer: Werner Film Productions

Executive Producer: Joanna Werner, Stuart Menzies

Writer: Michael Lucas

Cast: Anna Torv, Sam Reid, Robert Taylor, Stephen Peacocke, Chai Hansen, Marg Downey

Genres: Drama


6 x 60’

Set in the maelstrom of a commercial television newsroom in 1986, The Newsreader digs behind some of the most iconic stories of our time for an intimate, vital look at an era of great change.

In the maelstrom of a commercial television newsroom in 1986, Dale Jennings (Sam Reid, Anonymous, Belle) is a diligent young reporter, desperate to become a newsreader. Helen Norville (Anna Torv, Fringe, Mindhunter) is a notoriously ‘difficult’ star newsreader determined to build credibility. Paired together over three months, Dale and Helen will cover an extraordinary chain of news events— from the shock of the Challenger explosion, to the hype of Halley’s Comet, to the complexities of the AIDS crisis. From messy beginnings, a deep bond is formed that will upend their lives and transform the very fabric of the nightly news bulletin. This is a story of a grand, unconventional relationship in a world on the cusp of change.

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