Six O'Clock News (film)

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Six O'Clock News
Six O'Clock News.jpg
Six O'Clock News theatrical poster.
Directed by Ross McElwee
Produced by David Fanning
Ross McElwee
Robin Parmelee
Michael Sullivan
Written by Ross McElwee
Starring Ross McElwee
Charleen Swansea
Yung Su An
Cinematography Ross McElwee
Edited by Ross McElwee
Distributed by First Run Features
Release date
  • November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English

Six O'Clock News is a 1996 documentary film by Ross McElwee about television news in the United States, the randomness of fate, the anxiety of parenting, and the difference between representation and reality. The film is the subject of scholarly study.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jeffrey Geiger (2011). "American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation". Edinburgh University Press. p. 217. ISBN 9780748621477. In a lengthy shot from Ross McElwee's Six O'Clock News (1996), the camera scans a bridge destroyed by a hurricane, ... the film examines the blurred lines between first-hand experience and manufactured reality, closeness and distance. 
  2. ^ Scott MacDonald (2013). "American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn". University of California Press. p. 223. ISBN 9780520954939. Retrieved 2016-12-23. The implicit angst McElwee feels sends him back to Charleen Swansea for the final sequence of Six O'Clock News, where he :films some good news for a change": the first visit of Charleen's granddaughter to her grandmother, on Easter weekend. 

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