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STREAMING – TUE 27 AUGUST 2019 Breaking the News is available to stream, free with a library card log-in.

PRESS RELEASE – TUE 27 AUGUST 2019 Breaking the News - Now Streaming - Press Release announcement.

STREAMING – WED 17 JANUARY 2018 Breaking the News is available to rent worldwide via video on demand.

SCREENING – 13:00, FRI 13 DECEMBER 2013 Screening at Festival Film Dokumenter Jogyakarta Indonesia.

SCREENING – WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2013 Feature screening at ARTillery Human Rights Arts Festival, Melbourne.

PODCAST – THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2012 Podcast, screening discussion at Melbourne Free University's, The Media: What does the future hold?

SCREENING – FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER 2012 Premiere screening in Jakarta, Indonesia at Chop Shots Film Festival.

SCREENING – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2012 Canberra Premiere screening 24 August @ ANU.

SCREENING – WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE 2012 10.15pm Portuguese premiere at PUFF.

NEWS – THURSDAY 10 MAY 2012 Power Plays and Media Manipulation in East Timor: Breaking the News. By Dan Edwards in Metro Magazine.

SCREENING – THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2012 7.30pm & 9.00pm Premiere screenings in Dili, Timor Leste at Fundacao Oriente.

SCREENING – WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2012 7.30pm Progressive Cinema 91 Beardy St Armidale NSW.

NEWS – WEDNESDAY 4 JANUARY 2012 Nicholas Hansen interviewed on Channel 31 TV’s
Behind the Words

SCREENING – MONDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2011 7th Australian Media Traditions Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne

NEWS – THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2011 Media7’s Russell Brown interviews Director Nicholas Hansen

NEWS – TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2011 Breaking the News is nominated for the 2011 IF Awards, the National Film & Sound Archive Independent Spirit IF Award (PDF). Announcements 16th November.

SCREENING – Friday 7th October 2011 Antenna International Documentary Film Festival
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, Sydney


The high cost of being a truth-seeking journalist in the emerging nation of Timor-Leste

Filmed over four years in Australia's most misunderstood neighbour East Timor, Breaking the News explores the high cost of being a truth-seeking journalist in an emerging nation.

Eleven years since the East Timorese successfully voted for independence from Indonesia, Breaking the News gets behind the scenes of news and current affairs reportage to challenge those who think a free press automatically comes with independence. What happens to the local journalists when the foreign reporters return safely home after covering each crisis, their stories in the can? Jose Belo and Rosa Garcia are two local journalists enmeshed in the political turmoil of their country, who regularly put themselves and their families at risk by reporting ongoing corruption and injustice.

Streaming on the Beamafilm platform.

Breaking the News, available to rent worldwide via Vimeo on demand.

Labyrinths & Leaks Online interactive extension

Labyrinths & Leaks, Cablegate Timor-Leste Interactive. ABC journalist Eleanor Hall questioning how Liz Jackson is verifying the militia groups claims.  Alkatiri alleged to have recruited armed group 12.26pm 8 June 2006.
US Embassy cable relaying the ABC news (above)and the extra information they have on events. Labyrinths & Leaks, abridged US Embassy cable - 7.25pm 8 June 2006 (Wikileaks).

”Nicholas Hansen’s new documentary explores the stories behind the stories, demonstrating why even the most esteemed international media can and must be questioned.” Dan Edwards, writer & journalist

”Journalism students anywhere could learn from this story, particularly if they dream of one day covering coups and wars in out-of-the-way places.” Gerry van Klinken, Permanent research fellow Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

”Breaking the News shows just how tough and dangerous it can be to find and break the news - for insiders and outsiders alike.” Jock Given, Professor of Media and Communications, Swinburne Institute

”A film that tells the story of a brave and dedicated reporter, his commitment to the truth, and his continued efforts to fearlessly hold the government of Timor Leste to account. This film also examines how some Australian reporters allowed themselves to be manipulated by the players in the 2006 East Timor crisis, with their reports contributing to the downfall of the Fretilin government and effectively reinforcing the stated aims of Australian government policy at the time.” John Martinkus, Journalist, Author and Academic

”A very enlightening film. It gives a new insight into the East Timorese experience and the complexities that underpin politics in the region. Australian audiences should see this” Shannon Owen, Documentary Producer