The Dish (2000)

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Based on a true story, The Dish takes a sometimes comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the US while revisiting one of the greatest events in history. It depicts the activities in a control room of a radio telescope doing a job it was not originally expected to do, but in the end did very well. The film dramatises the team-work of a few technicians, who sometimes nearly lose their cool with each other, painted against a backdrop of proud Australian town folk, with visiting dignitaries hoping nothing will go wrong at the crucial moment.

Directed by:     Rob Sitch
Starring:           Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell, Roz Hammond


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