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||IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 from 12,062 votes
||Release: 19 October 2000 (Australia) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
||Director: Rob Sitch,
||Stars: Ben Wright-Smith, Bernard Curry, Beverley Dunn, Bille Brown, Billy Mitchell, Christopher-Robin Street, Grant Thompson, Kevin Harrington, Luke Keltie, Naomi Wright, Patrick Warburton, Roy Billing, Roz Hammond, Sam Neill, Tom Long
||Synopsis: In the days before the July 19, 1969 space mission that marked humankind's first steps on the moon, NASA was working with a group of Australian technicians who had agreed to rig up a satellite interface. That the Aussies placed the satellite dish smack dab in the middle of an Australian sheep farm in the boondocks town of Parkes was just one of the reasons that NASA was concerned. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a smart, witty, comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while revisiting one of the greatest events in history. Written by Anonymous
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The Dish delivers the way some of Michael Crichton's best novels do
Take a true story and build fiction around it so you can entertain the
reader/viewer with technical accuracy and focus on the fictional
and the role they play.
And boy, does The Dish entertain.
First credit must go to Rob Sitch's absolutely brilliant direction. On
hand it comes as no surprise that part of the old "D-Generation" line-up
(Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy) wrote a comedy
of sharp wit in the tradition of the infamous "Late Show" that ran on the
ABC (Ch 2) in 1992-1993.
Glen's (Tom Long) question "Who's the guy ?", when Al (Patrick Warburton)
volunteers his admiration for Neil Armstrong and that he'll be walking on
the moon is on a par with the Late Show "It's academic" 1993 sketch where
the Santo/Rob/Tom Ivanhoe College team is faced with the challenge : "How
much change do you receive from 7 Dollars if you purchase 7 items at 98
Cents each ?" - Rob's answer " What are the items ? " is
That same team performed at its best yet when The Dish's script was
The Dish is also quite unique as a movie that can be watched over and
again without the need to skip many parts of the story. This could mainly
attributed to the story's characters, and how we are compelled to care
each and every one of them, no matter how insignificant they might
The core of The Dish revolves around Neil Armstrong's first historic
on the Moon at 12:56 PM, Monday 21 July 1969 AEST.
When 600 Million people (1/5th of mankind at that time) tuned in and
witnessed the TV pictures from the Eagle Lunar Module, 3 tracking
were receiving these signals simultaneously. They were CSIRO's Parkes
Telescope, Honeysuckle Creek tracking Station near Canberra and NASA's
Goldstone station in California.
During the first 9 minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between
stations. When they switched to the Parkes pictures, they were of such
superior quality that NASA remained with them for the rest of the 2 1/2
Of course the audience knows the good outcome to the events, so the
can fully focus on the fictional part of the story and remind
how human nature can marvel by putting a man on the moon and safely
The Dish is so refreshing because it doesn't need to resort to adult
violence or excessive profanity to flag your attention to the townfolk of
Parkes, their involvement in the mission and how they are "over the moon"
The film accurately portrays the spirit of Aussie people in
I found the camerawork simply stunning at times, capturing the beauty of
Parkes : the dusty road to the Telescope, the farmer with dog and sheep,
(empty) Fuel station and Parkes' sleepy shops.
The wonderful soundtrack attends to the "missing pieces" with songs like
"Good morning Star shine" and "Come on".
Dramatization is resourcefully completed by Edmund Choi's composition and
direction of The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (under Jane Kennedy's
The Dish succeeds in a non-pretentious and honest way to convey its great
emotion and charm to the viewer. Working Dog excelled itself and surely
face great difficulty to surpass this masterpiece.
"Frontline" and "The Castle" were very clever indeed, but The Dish is
perceived by me as the best Australian Movie ever made, a priceless
in Aussie Cine history.
Charles "Bud" Tingwell's cameo appearance as the Priest is the icing on
The amount of research to realize the Dish must have been extensive, to
adhere for example to the 2.2825 GHz Apollo 11 frequency, the solid minus
dBM signals etc. in the script.
It is worthwhile to note that NASA delayed the Parkes pictures by 6
before its worldwide broadcast, in the event of an accident.
Australian viewers saw mankind's giant leap 6.3 seconds earlier than the
rest of the world !!
(A 300 mS delay for the INTELSAT satellite link from Sydney,Australia to
Houston,USA was incurred).
I still watch The Dish regularly and the movie, if nothing, conveys
emotion than it first did.
Highly recommended : great acting across the entire cast, almost flawless
camerawork, fantastic soundtrack, fast paced yet non-engaging script,
comedy. A treat for the whole family.
9.5 out of 10 !!!
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, Bernard Curry
, Beverley Dunn
, Bille Brown
, Billy Mitchell
, Christopher-Robin Street
, Grant Thompson
, Kevin Harrington
, Luke Keltie
, Naomi Wright
, Patrick Warburton
, Roy Billing
, Roz Hammond
, Sam Neill
, Tom Long
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