Balibo

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Balibo is a 2009 Australian war film that follows the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists who were captured and killed whilst reporting on activities just prior to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor of 1975. While historically accurate,... read more
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Balibo is a 2009 Australian war film that follows the story of the Balibo Five, a group of journalists who were captured and killed whilst reporting on activities just prior to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor of 1975. While historically accurate, the film is loosely based on the book Cover-Up by Jill Jolliffe, an Australian journalist who met the men before they were killed. The film follows dishevelled journalist Roger East, played by Anthony LaPaglia, who travels to East Timor in 1975 to investigate the deaths of the Balibo Five during the buildup to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. Oscar Isaac plays the young José Ramos-Horta, who would later receive the Nobel Peace Prize and become the second President of East Timor, who joins East in the movie. Filming began on 30 June 2008, in Dili, East Timor, and the film was released the following year. It was produced by Arenafilm in Australia with Robert Connolly as director, David Williamson as screenwriter, and Professor Clinton Fernandes as historical consultant. LaPaglia, also an Executive Producer, named East as "probably the best role I've ever had".

Original Release

08/13/2009

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Cast

Jane Hampson Secretary
Bea Viegas Juliana
Christine Martins Juliana's Child
Ana Rosa Mendoça Juliana's Child
Mazarela Martins Juliana's Child
Nazário Baptista Juliana's Child
Anthony LaPaglia Roger East
Oscar Isaac José Ramos-Horta
Nathan Phillips Malcolm Rennie
Damon Gameau Greg Shackleton
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Connolly

Writers

Robert Connolly, David Williamson, Jill Jolliffe

Cast

Jane Hampson Secretary
Bea Viegas Juliana
Christine Martins Juliana's Child
Ana Rosa Mendoça Juliana's Child
Mazarela Martins Juliana's Child
Nazário Baptista Juliana's Child
Anthony LaPaglia Roger East
Oscar Isaac José Ramos-Horta
Nathan Phillips Malcolm Rennie
Damon Gameau Greg Shackleton
Nick Farnell Ken White
Mark Leonard Winter Tony Stewart
Gyton Grantley Gary Cunningham
Katherine Slattery Shirley Shackleton
Serge Balaam Evan Shackleton
Mark Winter
Michael Stone Interviewer
Tom Wright
Jose Belo Interviewer's Assistant
Anamaria Barreto Young Juliana

Producers

Andrew Barlow Executive Producer
Andrew Myer Executive Producer
Paul Wiegard Executive Producer
Anthony LaPaglia Producer
Dominic Purcell Producer
John Maynard Producer
Sarah Shaw Producer
Rebecca Williamson Producer

Editors

Nick Meyers

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