Today is a public holiday in Australia, the Queen’s Birthday, so I am taking the easy path and not doing a proper post, actually there is a good chance that as you read this I will still be in bed hoping in vain for someone to bring me breakfast and a cuppa. The weather isn’t forecast to be the best and after a sleep-in we will be likely spending the day dagging around and smooched up together on the couch watching telly.
Because of that I thought I would take this chance to introduce you to one of the best Aussie films ever, The Dish.
The Dish was released in 2000 and is (loosely) based on the role a radio telescope in the Australian town of Parkes played in the Apollo moon landing in 1969.*
Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound like a very exciting idea for a movie, but as a Working Dog production you just know it will be funny and the cast are some of the best actors in Australia. Bille Brown was born to play the Prime Minister, as was Roy Billing as Bob the Mayor, Sam Neill, Tom Long and Kevin Harrington as the scientific team managing the dish are the perfect group.
The other little stories going on in the background, like Glen awkwardly trying to win over the beautiful Janine, Cliff’s sad back story, and the love Mayor Bob has for his family really make this film the wonderfully sweet, funny and ridiculous thing it is.
*Despite the fact the Parkes radio telescope was built in 1959, and is in the middle of a sheep paddock, it has at times in its history been at the cutting edge of space exploration. It has discovered quasars and pulsars and has held records relating to the furthest distant object located. It also played an important role in monitoring the radio signals of the astronauts during the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. The dish is regularly upgraded and is still an important scientific instrument.