Kokoda Front Line!

Kokoda Front Line! was a full-length edition of the Australian newsreel, Cinesound Review, produced by the Australian News & Information Bureau and Cinesound Productions Limited in 1942. It was one of four winners of the 15th Academy Awards for best documentary, and the first Australian film to win an Oscar. It was filmed by the Australian war photographer Damien Parer and directed by Ken G. Hall.

Kokoda Front Line!
Damien Parer and Papuan Assistant filming Kokoda Front Line, 1942, from album of prints held by State Library of New South Wales, PXA 25
Directed byKen G. Hall
CinematographyDamien Parer
Edited byTerry Banks
Release date
  • 18 September 1942 (1942-09-18)
Running time
9 minutes

Damien Parer is often cited as one of Australia's early Academy Award winners, however the award was made to the director, Ken G. Hall.[1][2]

Much of Parer's footage was used in a documentary made by a rival company, Movietone, The Road to Kokoda.


  1. De Souza, P. "Kokoda Front Line! (1942)". australianscreen (National Film and Sound Archive Australia). Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. Taylor, B. "Australias First Oscar". National Film and Sound Archive Australia. Retrieved 11 June 2017.

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