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The Dish -- A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

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Director:
Writers:
Santo Cilauro (conceived and written by) &
Tom Gleisner (conceived and written by) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Man's first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth See more »
Plot:
A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Perfect Little Film! See more (195 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sam Neill ... Cliff Buxton
Billy Mitchell ... Cameron

Roz Hammond ... Miss Nolan
Christopher-Robin Street ... Damien
Luke Keltie ... Graeme
Naomi Wright ... Melanie
Ben Wright-Smith ... Nicholas
Beverley Dunn ... Secretary (voice)
Grant Thompson ... Mr. Callen
Bille Brown ... Prime Minister

Bernard Curry ... Newspaper Reporter
Kevin Harrington ... Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell
Tom Long ... Glenn Latham

Patrick Warburton ... Al Burnett

Roy Billing ... Mayor Robert 'Bob' McIntyre
Andrew S. Gilbert ... Len Purvis

Matthew Moore ... Keith Morrison
Kerry Walker ... Pearl

Denise Roberts ... Bronwyn
Jeff Keogh ... Ray
Jason Ritterman ... Adrian Hobbs
Alexander Zent ... Lead Guitarist
Rowan Macartney ... Trumpet
Aidan Macartney ... Trombone
Jarrod Factor ... Drummer
Oliver McGill ... Pianist
Genevieve Mooy ... May McIntyre
Marilyn O'Donnell ... Melva
Jane Menelaus ... Gwen
Lenka Kripac ... Marie McIntyre
John Flaus ... Ron

Carl Snell ... Billy McIntyre
Eliza Szonert ... Janine Kellerman
Tayler Kane ... Rudi Kellerman
Neil Pigot ... Journalist
Darren Davidson ... Camera Person
Simon Donaldson ... Sound Person

John McMartin ... U.S. Ambassador Howard
Frank Bennett ... Barry Steele

Randall Berger ... Ambassador's Aide
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Reverend Loftus
Mal Walden ... ABC Journalist (voice)
Rod McNeil ... Radio Newsreader (voice)
Alister Paterson ... ABC TV Newsreader
Colette Mann ... Betty the Bush Poet
Susan Ward ... Female Print Journalist
Roger Crisp ... Male Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (archive footage)

Neil Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Collins ... Himself (archive footage)

John Glenn ... Himself (archive footage)

Nicholas Bell ... TV Scientist (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eric Pearce ... Himself (TV Newsreader) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Sitch 
 
Writing credits
Santo Cilauro (conceived and written by) &
Tom Gleisner (conceived and written by) &
Jane Kennedy (conceived and written by) &
Rob Sitch (conceived and written by)

Produced by
Santo Cilauro .... producer
Tom Gleisner .... producer
Debra Herman .... line producer (as Debra Choate)
Michael Hirsh .... producer
Jane Kennedy .... producer
Rob Sitch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edmund Choi 
 
Cinematography by
Graeme Wood (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
 
Casting by
Jane Kennedy 
 
Production Design by
Carrie Kennedy 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Morieson 
 
Costume Design by
Kitty Stuckey 
 
Makeup Department
Simone Albert .... makeup artist
Jill Fischer .... prostethics makeup artist: Creative Audience Productions Inc.
Ian Loughnan .... makeup artist
Caroline Styles .... hair designer
Caroline Styles .... makeup designer
Noriko Watanabe .... makeup artist: old man sequence
Noreen Wilkie .... hair stylist: Sam Neill
Noreen Wilkie .... makeup artist: Sam Neill
Wesley Wofford .... key prostethics makeup artist
Mark Nieman .... silicone prosthetic technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Andrew Osboldstone .... unit manager
Sylvia Walker-Wilson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Santo Cilauro .... second unit director
Annie Maver .... first assistant director
Justin O'Neill .... assistant director
Iain Pirret .... second assistant director
Matthew Rooke .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Liam Adam .... art department assistant
Jane Burns .... props buyer
Robert Elliott .... storyboard artist
Sandy Grant .... stand-by props
Troy Hardy .... art department runner
Carrie Kennedy .... model maker
Ben Morieson .... model maker
Andre Potappel .... technical supervisor
Stephen Travers .... additional art department (as Steve Travers)
Darren Unsgaard .... set dresser
Warren Vigor .... additional art department
Lisa Wang .... art department coordinator
Richard Wenzel .... props buyer
 
Sound Department
Philippe Decrausaz .... sound recordist
Tony Dickinson .... boom operator
Bruce Emery .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Helen Field .... coordinator: Soundfirm Australia
Richard Girvan .... sound engineer: ABC
Francis Ward Lindsay .... foley artist
Gerry Long .... foley artist
John McKerrow .... additional boom operator
Damien Montalto .... sound recording engineer
Andrew Neil .... assistant sound mixer
Andrew Neil .... foley recordist
Skye Ritchie .... special sound effects editor
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Danny Sullivan .... sound recording engineer
Jenny Sutcliffe .... additional boom operator
Gareth Vanderhope .... special sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Aaron Beaucaire .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Cross .... optical effects
Murray Curtis .... visual effects: Complete Post
Andrea Parkes .... visual effects: Complete Post
Tim Parrington .... visual effects: Complete Post
Peter Webb .... visual effects: Complete Post
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tov Belling .... focus puller: second unit
Dan Carr .... fourth electrician
Joanne Donahoe-Beckwith .... camera operator: epk
Craig Dusting .... key grip
Warwick Field .... aerial camera operator: second unit
Anthony Gerrish .... grip
Richard Hosking .... camera operator: second unit
Marin Johnson .... clapper loader
Trish Keating .... focus puller
Adam Litchfield .... video split operator
Jude Lovatt .... focus puller: second unit
Lex Martin .... third electrician
Peter Moloney .... electrician
Josh Moore .... additional grip
Timothy Morrison .... best boy electric (as Tim Morrison)
Harry Panagiotidis .... Steadicam operator (as Harry Panogiotidis)
Peter Stockley .... additional grip
Lisa Tomasetti .... still photographer
Colin Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Rachel Bailey .... casting assistant: Australia
Richard Hicks .... casting consultant: USA
Yeskel Hicks .... casting consultant: USA
Leesa Scheller .... casting assistant: Australia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Davies .... stand-by wardrobe
Maida Jereb .... costume maker
Gabrielle Travers .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Robert Hall .... second assistant editor
Noel Hansen .... telecine dailies
Julia MacLeod .... negative matcher (as Julia Macleod)
Rochelle Oshlack .... first assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Justin Heitman .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Noel Ancell .... artistic director: choir
Doug Brady .... music editor
Edmund Choi .... conductor: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Lynette Clarkson .... liaison: choir
Graeme Evans .... musician: horn solo
Barb Glaser .... orchestra manager (as Barbara Glaser)
Jane Kennedy .... music producer
Michael Kisin .... concert master
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Ron Layton .... orchestra contractor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Geoffrey Payne .... musician: trumpet solo
Markus Stenz .... artistic director: music
Markus Stenz .... chief conductor
Peter Sullivan .... composer: additional music
Christine Woodruff .... music licensing
 
Transportation Department
Maurice Randall .... vehicle supervisor
 
Other crew
Brett Anderson .... safety supervisor
Ian Anderson .... liaison: Cinevex
Jim Atkins .... engineer: ABC
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Tony Bartuccio .... choreographer: dance hall
Bernadette Breitkreuz .... assistant accountant
Tom Dillon .... production runner
Greg Duncombe .... helicopter pilot: second unit
Jeanette Fisher .... caterer: Sweet Seduction
Sarah Gilligan .... unit assistant
Jeremy Gray .... insurance: AON insurance
Wendy Gregory Walker .... production assistant (as Wendy Gregory)
Gordon Gribbin .... copyist
Nikki Hamilton-Cornwall .... second production assistant (as Nikki Hamilton)
Foster Hart .... legal
Pauline Hirsh .... second unit coordinator
Pauline Hirsh .... unit publicist
Mika Lentz .... researcher: stock footage (as Mika Holliday)
Jane Manning .... researcher: stock footage
Susannah Mott .... production coordinator
Vanitha Naidu .... production accountant
Chris Peters .... safety supervisor
Arch Roberts .... safety supervisor (as Archie Roberts)
Ian Russell .... liaison: Atlab Australia
Antonetta Russo .... accounting assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Greg Sitch .... legal
Kate Thomson .... assistant production coordinator
Sophie Vickers-Willis .... catering: office
Sophie Vickers-Willis .... food stylist
Brenda Vincent .... assistant: Sam Neill
Polly Watkins .... assistant to executive producer
Anne Went .... continuity (as Annie Went)
 
Thanks
Miriam Baltuck .... grateful acknowledgment (as Dr. Miriam Baltuck)
Nicholas Bell .... thanks: assistance
Rupert Burns .... grateful acknowledgment
Kristen Coney .... grateful acknowledgment
Brian Coote .... grateful acknowledgment
Walter Cronkite .... thanks: assistance
Davids Darzins .... grateful acknowledgment
Mike Dinn .... grateful acknowledgment
Ron Ekers .... grateful acknowledgment (as Prof. Ron Ekers)
Derek Fellows .... grateful acknowledgment
Lynn Gailey .... thanks: assistance (as Lynne Gailey)
Frederic N. Gaines .... thanks: assistance
Lorraine Hall .... thanks: assistance
Will Houghton .... grateful acknowledgment (as Mr. Will Houghton QC)
Yvonne Hutton .... grateful acknowledgment
Ben Lam .... thanks: assistance
Fox Mason .... grateful acknowledgment
John Masterson .... thanks: assistance
Billy Pinnell .... thanks
Greg Ross .... grateful acknowledgment
John Saxon .... thanks: assistance
John Scott .... grateful acknowledgment
Sharon Scott .... thanks: assistance
Cliff Smith .... thanks: assistance
Jeff Stilson .... thanks
Helen Stuckey .... grateful acknowledgment
Bruce MacA Thomas .... grateful acknowledgment
Noriko Watanabe .... thanks: assistance
David Williams .... grateful acknowledgment
Alan Woodruff .... thanks: assistance
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Runtime:
101 min | France:97 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Parkes technicians sometimes do take a ride on the moving dish, as Cliff explains in the film. However, the scene depicting the Parkes crew playing cricket on the dish, while filmed on location on the actual dish, is a fictional scenario.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The young army cadet Keith is seen practicing his rifle drill, using the "Slope Arms" position. Slope Arms was replaced by "Shoulder Arms" in the mid'60s with the introduction of the SLR rifle and was no longer used by Australian Army Cadets in 1969, despite them still using .303 riflesSee more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Worker:Excuse me sir, I'm afraid you've come in the wrong way.
Cliff Buxton:I'm sorry...
Worker:Yeah, this is the old entrance. The visitors center is back out and around to the left.
Cliff Buxton:Right well, I'll wander out then.
Worker:Well worth it. Some amazing times.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Clock (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Perfect Little Film!, 8 February 2003
Author: (tim.halkin) from Munich, Germany

Most of us who were over 5 years old at the time, remember where they were when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. This monumentally emotional moment for mankind, albeit thoroughly superfluous scientific achievement, is the background for this beautifully constructed film.

The thing that makes this film so special is the fact that there isn't a character that appears on screen that you don't care about, regardless how small the role. That takes true writing and directing talent!

The entire small town of Parks, New South Wales, Australia is all atwitter, because their radio observatory dish has been chosen to be NASA's official link to the Apollo 11 mission in the southern hemisphere. The mayor's wife comments, while serving her joint of lamb, that man being moments away from landing on the moon makes their problems seem mundane... That's the beauty of the film, you care so much about these people; their problems are anything but mundane - you cheer-on the techno-nerd asking the town beauty to go out with him; you ache inside because the head of the observatory lost his wife a year ago and she can't be there to revel in his glory; you love the fact that the out-of-place NASA official is the only one who realizes that all the mayor's rebellious teenage daughter really needs to chill-out is an ounce of respect.

This is the best kind of feel-good film. An absolute jewel that you'll want to watch more than just once.

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