July 1969. Apollo 11's astronauts will walk on the moon - and a huge satellite dish outside a sheep-farming Australian town has been chosen to beam the live footage globally. The whole world is depending on scientist Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill), who must steer the eccentric crew who man the telescope through a sea of mishaps and disasters that threatens to spoil the small town's finest hour. Watching over them is a by-the-book NASA representative who can't quite understand their quirky working methods. A comical culture clash erupts in this effortlessly funny tale of how history's biggest televised event was almost cancelled.
A modest tale told well and laced with humour
- The Dish review by RP
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I've watched a number of Australian films of late, and here's another...
It's a modest, unassuming tale of the how the TV broadcast from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was received by a radio telescope in rural New South Wales. Not with any flashy fanfare, but with laid-back Aussie professionalism and more than a few touches of humour.
Nothing flashy, no car chases, no crash-bang-wallop - just a story told straight, and with Sam Neill in it, which can't be bad.
I liked it - 4/5 stars.
[Aside: it's worth looking up "Parkes Observatory" on Wikipedia]