Balibo: DVD Review
Released by Madman
reliable Anthony LaPaglia stars as war journalist Roger East in Balibo - he's
called to investigate the disappearance of five Australian journalists in the
township of Balibo by Jose Ramos-Horta (Oscar Isaac).
The quintet was looking into the invasion of East Timor by Indonesian
forces when they disappeared - and despite East's initial reluctance to get
involved, Ramos-Horta piques his journalistic fancy.
East's been promised the job of running the News agency in East Timor
as the invasion got underway in 1975 - but he's more concerned about what
actually happened to the journalists and why the Australian government - and the
world - didn't seem to care.
However, as East
heads closer into dangerous territory he soon realises the country's on tipping
point and atrocities are being committed which no-one's being told about - can
he get to the truth and survive?
thriller Balibo is, by turns heartbreaking, horrific and dramatic - the central
story of the missing five is book ended by a journalist interviewing a girl who
was in Balibo in 1975. He's trying to establish exactly what went on so that
those whose lives were lost can get some form of justice. Throughout, the film
is interspersed with footage of the journalists and their journey deeper into
the heart of East Timor. By initially only using snippets of the journalists'
actions, director Robert Connolly very cleverly pieces together a narrative
framework which is rich in content and throws you right into the middle of the
Extras: This 2 disc set
has a wealth of extras for those wanting to know more about the real life
situation - a respectable package for an important film