Saltwater serves up ‘The Dish’

Mar 13, 2014
“The Dish” takes a smart, witty look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the United States while revisiting one of the 1969 moon landing.

Thomaston — Saltwater Film Society will screen “The Dish” Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

Noteworthy for being the top-grossing film in Australia in 2000, “The Dish” is a lightly fictionalized account of transmitting images from the 1969 moon landing when Australia’s Parkes Observatory was asked to function as the backup receiver for the satellite transmission.

The film covers the impact on a small group of technicians, working out of a sheep field, of transferring the live feed via satellite. Due to a change in the schedule of the Apollo 11 mission, the crew find themselves responsible for picking up the iconic feed. Sam Neill stars as Cliff Buxton in this comedy/drama.

Admission is free. For more information about the Saltwater Film Society, visit saltwaterfilmsociety.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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