The film "The Dish" staged Australia’s successful participation in the Apollo 11 mission as a moment of national triumph – by seamlessly hitching a ride to the ubervater USA
"Will the people of India get to see this too??" It’s a brave question when directed at three self-satisfied men who, over lunch together, have been promoting the lofty ideals of the "rude enterprise of mankind" discuss. At least, that’s how Cliff Buxton, the director of the telescope antenna in the small town of Parkes, Australia, describes the Apollo 11 mission. Later, when Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on the moon, we will get the answer to the question.
In front of their TV sets we see people of all nations, Australians, Japanese and also Indians, staring in bewilderment at a small square where a man descends a ladder, steps on the ground and speaks a memorable sentence. It would be difficult to find a clearer image of the utopia of humanity united under the starry banner. What all Hollywood producers have always dreamed of is once again emphatically evoked here, in the film The Dish. The primal American act of land grabbing and expansion live on all channels. No more competition, no more difference, just one image, one message for everyone. NASA above all.