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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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27 April 2001 (USA) See more »
Man's first step on the moon nearly stumbled on earth See more »
A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Aussie humour at its finest, in a gentle, joyful piece of comedy. See more (195 total) »


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

In real life Neil 'Fox' Mason - the character represented by Russ 'Mitch' Mitchell in the movie - never got to see the moonwalk pictures live. He was too busy keeping the windswept dish pointed at the moon.See more »
Continuity: In the scene were Billy is explaining the moon landing to his father, he anticipates Marie's line, "If you ask me it's the most chauvinistic exercise in the history of the world." (He turns to look at her before she starts speaking even though she is interrupting the conversation.)See more »
[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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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Aussie humour at its finest, in a gentle, joyful piece of comedy., 10 July 2001
Author: 0rbita1 ( from Bristol, England.

At a time when the comedy genre is saturated with the crude, lewd and unsophisticated toilet humour of the U.S ('See Spot Run', 'The Animal', 'Say It Isn't So'), it's encouraging to watch a film that really makes you laugh out loud without wanting to cringe at the same time. Like it's antipodean predecessor 'Priscilla...', 'The Dish' takes the best aspects of Australian culture and the Aussie persona and uses them to create the finest comedy of the year so far. Much of the humour is brutally honest, delivered in the kind of relaxed, conversational style which has become an Aussie trademark. Paired with a homegrown cast (headed by a wonderfully understated Sam Neill) and filmed on location at the satellite receiver station in South Australia, the film feels refreshingly natural and unconstructed.

This sense of cultural identity gives 'The Dish' a surprising depth for such an uncomplicated film. Rather than resorting to the contrived, exaggerated Australian image of Paul Hogan, it revels in its roots without a hint of self-consciousness or compromise. Such an intense warmth towards its small-town location and everyman characters is shown that it is impossible not to share it, and from that grows a wonderful sense of intimacy. Despite the global importance of Apollo 11's mission, a real sense of the importance of it to the community and the individuals therein is present throughout. An American film may have made this subservient to the moon landings - here, the two are intertwined on an equal footing, and you care equally about each.

And in that lies the secret of why 'The Dish' is such a damn good film. It's not the well-paced, extremely funny and well-delivered script, nor the quality of the acting, nor the great location or period soundtrack. It's because the film has a real sense of soul. It makes you want to care about it and it's characters. In mainstream film, that's a rare achievement indeed. Let's hope the Farrelly brothers are watching...


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