• Publication date: February 26, 2013

Balibo

The true story of the 5 Australian journalists who went missing in the East Timorese town of Balibo [a.k.a . Balibo Five] in the lead-up to the Indonesian invasion in 1975, and journalist Roger East who struck a deal with José Ramos-Horta to head the national news agency, in exchange for him helping East retrace the steps of 'the five' and uncovering their fate...

Program data

Duration: 105

Production Year: 2009

MBC 2:

March 6, 2013 03:00 (KSA) ~ March 6, 2013 02:00 (CLT)

The shocking true story of the 5 Australian journalists from Channel 7 and Channel 9: Greg Shackleton (Damon Gameau), Gary Cunningham (Gyton Grantley), Malcolm Rennie (Nathan Phillips), Brian Peters (Thomas Wright) and Tony Stewart (Mark Leonard Winter), all under 30, who went missing and suspected dead in the East Timorese town of Balibo [a.k.a . Balibo Five] in the lead-up to the Indonesian invasion in 1975 that would last 24 years and claim an estimated 183,000 lives.

The story continues to describe how weathered journalist Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) was head-hunted by José Ramos-Horta (Oscar Isaac) to head the national news agency and help in telling his country's story, and how East eventually struck a deal with Ramos-Horta (who would one day become President of East Timor) accepting the job offer, in exchange for Ramos-Horta helping East retrace the steps of 'the five' and uncovering their fate...

 

Starring:

  • Anthony LaPaglia
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Damon Gameau
  • Gyton Grantley
  • Nathan Phillips
  • Mark Winter
  • Thomas Wright
  • Michael Stone

Directed by:  Robert Connolly

Rating:  Contains violence & offensive language.