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form y Balibo single work   film/TV   mystery   thriller   crime  
Note: Script editor: Nick Drake.
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Jose Ramos Horta, twenty-five years old in 1975, and a member of the Fretilin Government, lures Darwin-based Australian journalist Roger East to East Timor to investigate the disappearance of the 'Balibo Five' - journalists Greg Shackleton, Gary Cunningham and Tony Stewart (Ch9) and from their rival network Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie (Ch7).

On the morning of October 16, all five men, though identifying themselves as journalists from Australia, are killed in cold blood by the invading Indonesian troops, and their bodies burnt. East does not accept the official story that soon emerges, that the men were killed in cross-fire. Horta and East travel from Dili to Balibo, now occupied during the daytime by Indonesian forces, to try and uncover the truth of the journalists' death.

Back in Dili, East decides to stay on while other journalists are evacuated, in the knowledge that Indonesian forces will soon land in the capital. The very next day Indonesian paratroopers and commandos land from the sea and immediately capture East who is reporting the invasion. Defiant to the end, East is executed the next day on the Dili wharf by an Indonesian execution squad.' Source: http://film.vic.gov.au (Sighted 12/08/2008).

Notes

  • Balibo came second in the audience award for best Australian film at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Works about this Work

Disrespectful Indigenisation : The Films of Robert Connolly Matthew Campora , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , December no. 69 2013;
'In this article, I will examine the work of contemporary Australian filmmaker Robert Connolly (b. 1967), a director who could be considered amongst the most successful contemporary filmmakers working in Australia today. While many of his colleagues have struggled to make their second (or even first) feature film, Connolly, in his various roles, has made a feature roughly every other year since graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in the late 1990s. To date, he has written and directed four feature films, produced nearly a dozen others, worked on such quality television series as The Slap (2011), written and directed a made-for-television-movie, and produced the epic film adaptation of Tim Winton’s short story collection The Turning (2013). His track record in the contemporary industry makes him a significant case study, and as a means of introducing this analysis, I want to briefly consider Graeme Turner’s 1994 article “Whatever Happened to National Identity? Film and Nation in the 1990s” to help situate Connolly’s work in the context of Australian cinema and the narrative trends of recent decades.' (Author's Introduction)
East Timor : Questions of Intelligence Sylvia Lawson , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Demanding the Impossible : Seven Essays on Resistance 2012; (p. 103-128)
'On 2 December 2009, the film censorship authorities in Jakarta, backed by the Indonesian government, handed the Australian director Robert Connolly and his producers a splendid gift: They banned their film Balibo, which had been due for screening at the Jakarta Film Festival. The official statement was that this film, a part-fictional version of events that took place in East Timor thirty-four years ago, was 'negative propaganda', and that the Balibo case was 'closed'.' (Author's introduction, 103)
Mythic Tale Brings Nations Together Joyce Morgan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 August 2012; (p. 11)
Out of the Box : Balibo Leigh Paatsch , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 January 2012; (p. 43)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Some of the Finest Films Thomas Caldwell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 199 2010; (p. 36-41)
Thomas Caldwell defends Australian cinema.
All in the Family : Three Australian Female Directors Brian McFarlane , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 69 no. 3 2010; (p. 82-88)
'By any standards, apart perhaps from box-office takings, 2009 was a banner year for Australian films. There were Balibo and Samson and Delilah, Disgrace and Last Ride, but what is really impressive is that three of the most memorable entries in this memorable year were directed by women, in an industry where direction has long been dominated by men.' (p82)
We Feel the Pain of 'Balibo Killings' Greg Sheridan , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 March 2010; (p. 23)
Indigenous Australian's Acts Showcased in Saint Tropez Estelle Castro , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 9 December vol. 9 no. 916 2010; (p. 32-33)
12th Festival des Antipodes in St. Tropez, 11-17 October 2010 is devoted to cinema from Australia and New Zealand.
History and Shame : East Timor in Australian Fictions David Callahan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , November vol. 12 no. 3 2010; (p. 401-414)
This essay examines a series of Australian texts in an attempt to perceive the ways in which East Timor has functioned as a test of the operation of Australian memory and the processing of national shame over the failure of the nation to aid a neighbouring people who had aided Australia at great cost during the Second World War. After introducing the notion of shame and the contrast between official Australian policy and public sentiment over the issue of East Timor from the date of the Indonesian invasion in 1975, a contrast rooted in the nation's sense of itself as being a sponsor of freedom, democracy and the fair go, the essay examines a series of fictional texts dealing with East Timor in some way, and then returns to the concept of shame and its relevance in this context. The texts dealt with include fiction for adults and children: Tony Maniaty's The Children Must Dance (1984), Gail Jones's Other Places (1992), Bill Green's Cleaning Up (1993), Kerry Collison's The Timor Man (1998), Libby Gleeson's Refuge (1998) and Josef Vondra's No-name Bird (2000), along with the Australian-Canadian miniseries Answered by Fire (2006) and the Australian film Balibo (Robert Connolly, 2009). As expected, concerned observers share many features of their reaction to events in East Timor, but inevitably, as they read East Timor they are also reading Australia and its relation to an ethics of conviction that might have dealt more honourably with the invasion and oppression on its doorstep. The analysis draws on the work of Jeffrey Olick, Avishai Margalit and Michael Morgan in its approach to regret, shame and memory.
Film Festival Opener Takes Hard Look at Timor Deaths Michael Bodey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 May 2009; (p. 8)
Bran New Dae to Give International Film Festival an Upbeat Finale Philippa Hawker , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 May 2009; (p. 17)
Double Take Natasha Robinson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 30-31 May 2009; (p. 12)
Tony Maniaty and Rob Connolly talk to Natasha Richardson about the inspiration behind the making of the film Balibo.
y Shooting Balibo : Blood and Memory in East Timor Tony Maniaty , Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1598378 2009 single work autobiography

'In 1975, journalist Tony Maniaty flew to the Portuguese colony of East Timor looking for a war to film. He found it at a dusty outpost called Balibo. Maniaty and his ABC News crew were shelled and five other television newsmen who followed were murdered by Indonesian troops.

Maniaty reported the Balibo Five story, faced death threats and fled before the Indonesian forces invaded. The only foreign journalist left in the country was executed in cold blood. The generation-long nightmare of the East Timorese had begun.

In Shooting Balibo he teams up with the cast and crew of the feature film Balibo, retraces his days of danger, and dines with Jose Ramos-Horta as the independence fighter-turned-President recovers from an assassination attempt.

But Maniaty's real purpose is to visit Balibo for the first time since 1975. When he steps into the burned-out house where his colleagues were slaughtered thirty-three years ago, past and present collide before his eyes.' (From the publisher's website.)

Film Hedges on True Brutality at Balibo 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 June 2009; (p. 17)
Ghosts of Balibo Tom Hyland , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 May 2009; (p. 18)
Film Recalls Our Failure in East Timor Daniel Flitton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 July 2009; (p. 13)
Bodies of Evidence Jim Schembri , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 2009; (p. 24)
Inconvenient Truths Catharine Munro , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 10-11)
Commanding Lead Helen Barlow , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 August 2009; (p. 9)
When Press Comes to Shove, They're the Reel Deal Catharine Munro , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 August 2009; (p. 14)
A Searing Study Showing Best of Australian Film Jim Schembri , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 July 2009; (p. 7)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Film of the Week Tom Ryan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 9 August 2009; (p. 11) The Sunday Age , 9 August 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Their Ghosts May Be Heard Philippa Hawker , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 August 2009; (p. 17)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Newsmen's Nightmare Evan Williams , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 August 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Powerful and Emotionally Wrenching Jane Freebury , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 August 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Untitled Phil Brown , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 19 - 25 August no. 748 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Behind the Facts, a Powerful Story of Loss Paul Byrnes , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 August 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Discerning Truth in Balibo's Fiction Tim Kroenert , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 28 August vol. 19 no. 16 2009;

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Still Bleeding over Balibo Paul Toohey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 4 no. 8 2009; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Shooting Balibo : Blood and Memory in East Timor Tony Maniaty 2009 single work autobiography ; Cover-Up : The Inside Story of the Balibo Five Jill Jolliffe 2001 single work biography ; Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Out of the Box : Balibo Leigh Paatsch , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 January 2012; (p. 43)

— Review of Balibo David Williamson Robert Connolly 2008 single work film/TV
Film Shoot Re-Creates Invasion 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 August 2008; (p. 9)
Film Gives Voice to Timor Victim Natasha Robinson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 July 2008; (p. 14)
Film Festival Opener Takes Hard Look at Timor Deaths Michael Bodey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 May 2009; (p. 8)
Bran New Dae to Give International Film Festival an Upbeat Finale Philippa Hawker , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 May 2009; (p. 17)
Double Take Natasha Robinson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 30-31 May 2009; (p. 12)
Tony Maniaty and Rob Connolly talk to Natasha Richardson about the inspiration behind the making of the film Balibo.
y Shooting Balibo : Blood and Memory in East Timor Tony Maniaty , Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1598378 2009 single work autobiography

'In 1975, journalist Tony Maniaty flew to the Portuguese colony of East Timor looking for a war to film. He found it at a dusty outpost called Balibo. Maniaty and his ABC News crew were shelled and five other television newsmen who followed were murdered by Indonesian troops.

Maniaty reported the Balibo Five story, faced death threats and fled before the Indonesian forces invaded. The only foreign journalist left in the country was executed in cold blood. The generation-long nightmare of the East Timorese had begun.

In Shooting Balibo he teams up with the cast and crew of the feature film Balibo, retraces his days of danger, and dines with Jose Ramos-Horta as the independence fighter-turned-President recovers from an assassination attempt.

But Maniaty's real purpose is to visit Balibo for the first time since 1975. When he steps into the burned-out house where his colleagues were slaughtered thirty-three years ago, past and present collide before his eyes.' (From the publisher's website.)

Film Hedges on True Brutality at Balibo 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 June 2009; (p. 17)
Ghosts of Balibo Tom Hyland , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 May 2009; (p. 18)
Film Recalls Our Failure in East Timor Daniel Flitton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 July 2009; (p. 13)
Bodies of Evidence Jim Schembri , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 July 2009; (p. 24)
Inconvenient Truths Catharine Munro , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 10-11)
Commanding Lead Helen Barlow , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 August 2009; (p. 9)
When Press Comes to Shove, They're the Reel Deal Catharine Munro , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 August 2009; (p. 14)
Balibo Verdict : Truth, Drama and Tragedy : The Author Paul Cleary , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 August 2009; (p. 6)
Balibo Verdict: Truth, Drama and Tragedy : The Filmmaker Robert Connolly , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 August 2009; (p. 6-7)
Diary Reveals Timor Troubles Joel Gould , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 19 August 2009; (p. 19)
Tale of Balibo May for Ever Be Shrouded in Mystery Tony Maniaty , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 August 2009; (p. 14)
How Balibo Distorts History Paul Cleary , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 28 August vol. 19 no. 16 2009;
Award Goes to Brand New Movie 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 26 August no. 458 2009; (p. 39)
Immersing the Audience : Sophie Cunningham Talks to Robert Connolly Sophie Cunningham (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 68 no. 3 2009; (p. 150-161)
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Subjects:
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    East Timor,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • 1975
Settings:
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    East Timor,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Darwin, Darwin area, Northern Territory,
  • 1975
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