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
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station south of Canberra had a 26m dish and is referred to during the movie. It was actually Honeysuckle which supplied the first 8 minutes of footage of the moon landing before Parkes took over. You can see the flicker on the screen if you watch the original footage as they change receiving dishes. Sadly little is left of Honeysuckle TS which also controlled Skylab. 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.
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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 funny and touching true story shows what NASA always hopes would never happen
The thing I enjoyed most about this film, aside from Sam Neill's performance is that the people were depicted just as people are really apt to be like. The mayor of Parks reminds me so much of small town pols that I have known. And the festival air they all strive for when a significant event happens in their little corner of the world. But it also points the nightmare that anyone working with technology faces with downright terror, that something will go awry at exactly the wrong time. The fact that the film is a good family film, mostly, serious but also funny is what makes this such a special film. If you haven't seen this little gem, rent it as soon as you can.
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