- 1 hr 41 min
The Dish is a comedy loosely based on fact, showing how the small community of Parkes in New South Wales, Australia, prepared for the moon walk by Apollo 11 astronauts on July 19, 1969. But the residents of Parkes aren't merely members of the worldwide audience watching this historic occasion, they are playing an important role in its success, thanks to a radio telescope which is positioned in the middle of a sheep field. Parkes Observatory is being used as a back-up for NASA's primary telescope location in Goldstone, California to transmit signals of the historic action on the moon throughout the Southern Hemisphere. The film is an engaging look at how the various residents of Parkes regard the moon landing and their small community's role in this historic event. As the mayor and his wife nervously get ready to welcome the country's Prime minister and Ambassador to their fair town, scientist Cliff Buxton and his team must deal with technical problems, weather events and even grazing sheep. But will Parkes ultimately fail in their mission to help transmit the historic moon walk when a power outage occurs?