The Dish

The Dish

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.
Name: The Dish
Genres: Comedy, Drama, History
Stars: Rob Sitch
Country: Australia
Language: English
Year: 2000
Time: 101 min
IMDb: 7.2/10


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.
Plot Keywords: nasa / moon-walk / satellite-dish / australia / american-man
Taglines: Man’s first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth
Certificate: Australia:M | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 | Spain:T | United Kingdom:12 | United States:PG-13
Cast: Sam Neill , Billy Mitchell , Roz Hammond , Christopher-Robin Street , Luke Keltie , Naomi Wright , Ben Wright-Smith , Beverley Dunn , Grant Thompson , Bille Brown , Bernard Curry , Kevin Harrington , Tom Long , Patrick Warburton , Roy Billing , Andrew S. Gilbert , Matthew Moore , Kerry Walker , Denise Roberts , Jeff Keogh , Jason Ritterman , Alexander Zent , Rowan Macartney , Aidan Macartney , Jarrod Factor , Oliver McGill , Genevieve Mooy , Marilyn O’Donnell , Jane Menelaus , Lenka Kripac , John Flaus , Carl Snell , Eliza Szonert , Tayler Kane , Neil Pigot , Darren Davidson , Simon Donaldson , John McMartin , Frank Bennett , Randall Berger , Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell , Mal Walden , Rod McNeil , Alister Paterson , Colette Mann , Susan Ward , Roger Crisp , Buzz Aldrin , Neil Armstrong , Michael Collins , John Glenn , Nicholas Bell , Walter Cronkite , Hubert H. Humphrey , John F. Kennedy , Richard Nixon , Eric Pearce


Company: Working Dog
Country: Australia
Language: English
Released Date: 19 Oct 2000 (Australia)
Year: 2000
Film Location: Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

Technical Specs

Runtime: 101 min
Soundmix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

Ellen Roemer » Don't get me wrong, the film Apollo 13 was interesting but this was much more engaging. We often forget that astronauts, space scientist and the crews that support the Space Age are just regular people. This Australian made film reminded me of the many people around the world who watched or listened that day in 1969. I can remember some about that day and how fantastic it must have been for those in Park Australia to be struggling to make things work. This is a must see for anyone interested in the Space program. Also if you find the dish itself interesting we have a Very Large Aray (VLA) near Socorro, New Mexico that I have seen. It is awe inspiring just to walk near one and see how huge they are.
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