From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in ... See full summary »
When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »
The Late show, which only ran for two years was one of the most successful and funny comedy shows ever produced and shown in Australia. It marked the re-grouping of the D-Generation, a ... See full summary »
A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date... See full summary »
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
The film is set in the town of Parkes, in New South Wales, Aus., but was actually filmed in Forbes, which is a neighboring town a few miles down the road. The reason for the re-filming is because Parkes has changed over the last 30 years, but Forbes hasn't changed as much - Forbes still looked like a 1960s town, like Parkes did 30 years before. See more »
When Janine exits the car after she has arrived at the dish facility, the shadow of some equipment falls on the hood and roof of the car. See more »
Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Right well, I'll wander out then.
Well worth it. Some amazing times.
See more »
The producers acknowledge the valuable assistance of the staff at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory and Visitors Centre, the Council and people of Parkes, New South Wales, and the Council and people of Forbes, New South Wales. See more »
This offering from the makers of The Castle far exceeds its predecessor in every way. Where The Castle verged on the hysterical, The Dish is laid back and in most instances avoids turning its characters into caricatures.
Just how much of the story is true is doubtful. Not the general facts-for Parkes certainly did feature greatly in the transmission of pictures from space in the first moon landing. As one who was around at the time - and yes - we did sit glued to our TV sets - I remember very well just how much the experience took over our lives.
Whether or not the actual story is true, the movie is greatly entertaining, the characters are believable and it gives to today's cynical viewers and idea of just how completely overawed and interested the world was in what was going on in outer space. I really recommend it as a gentle, humorous enjoyable movie.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?