• 2009
  • Australia
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robert Connolly
  • Written by: David Williamson
  • Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Oscar Isaac, Damon Gameau, Gyton Grantley, Nathan Phillips, Mark Winter, Thomas Wright, Michael Stone
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Robert Connolly’s tense, disturbing thriller Balibo dramatises the true story of the ‘Balibo Five’. In October 1975, Indonesia prepared to invade East Timor and the world decided to turn a blind eye. Five idealistic journalists, including Scottish-born Malcolm Rennie, set out to report on events and raise international awareness. They were never heard from again. Four weeks later, Australian reporter Roger East (Anthony La Paglia) travelled to East Timor to find out what had happened, discovering that the atrocities and death toll in the country were much worse than anyone had imagined. Balibo deftly interweaves the story of the journalists, East and a contemporary coda seeking truth and reconciliation into an urgent, authentic quest for the truth. Part of Glasgow Film Festival

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