From Working Dog (The Castle) comes another warm and very funny
Australian comedy, this time based on a true story ... the little-known fact that an Aussie satellite dish carried the live television feed from the moonwalk in July 1969.When Nasa hires the Parkes radio telescope to help keep track of Apollo 11 while the moon is over Earth's southern hemisphere, no one realises how important their role will become. While the prime minister (Brown) and the town mayor (Billing) see it as a chance for a little positive PR, the crew at the dish (Neill, Harrington and Long) worry about everything that could go wrong. Especially with a Nasa guy (Warburton) on site to watch over their shoulders.
Quirky, sharp humour underlies every scene in this essentially affectionate depiction of the real events leading up to what is probably history's most momentous telecast. Sitch's direction and the Working Dog team's script manage to be both acerbic and endearing from start to finish, drawing out the themes without clubbing us over the head with them. And the performances are right on the money; the actors grab every detail and make these people fascinating, likeable and often hilarious as they cope with incredible stress with ingenuity and wit.The film simply gets everything right, from the late-1960s vibe to the balance between comedy and drama. It's a pure delight to watch, we learn some history, we're challenged to be a bit more daring ... and Americans get a great idea for changing their national anthem to something a bit more snappy.