James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE DISH (12)
D: Rob Sitch
Warner Bros/Roadshow/Icon (Michael Hirsh, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy & Rob Sitch)
Australia 🇦🇺 2000 (released 2001)
W: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy & Rob Sitch
DP: Graeme Wood
Ed: Jill Bilcock
Mus: Edmond Choi
Sam Neill (Cliff Buxton), Patrick Warburton (Al Burnett), Tom Long (Glenn Latham), Kevin Harrington (Ross 'Mitch' Mitchell), Roy Billing (Bob McIntyre), Eliza Szonert (Janine Kellerman)
The Dish is an independent film from Australia that managed to get picked up for distribution by a major studio (20th Century Fox) after being noticed on the festival circuit.
It's a culture clash comedy set in a rural part of the outback, where a satellite dish is utilised for transmitting the iconic video footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing. An American member of NASA joins a group of Australian scientists to prepare for the transmission, which is threatened by power cuts, adverse weather and general incompetence by the Australian contingent.
The screenplay takes great glee in poking fun at the cultural polarisation and does have some incredibly funny moments and clever dialogue.