Balibo

Balibo

Balibo

Balibo is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes allegedly covered up for over thirty years.

In 1975, as Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian-based journalists go missing. One of them is New Zealander, Gary Cunningham (Gyton Grantley). Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic Jose Ramos-Horta (Oscar Isaac) to tell the story of his country and investigate the fate of the missing men. As East’s determination to uncover the truth grows, the threat of invasion intensifies and an unlikely friendship develops between the last foreign correspondent in East Timor and the man who will become President.

2009Rating: MA15+111 minsAustralia
DramaMysteryThriller

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Balibo / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The story of how five Australian television journalists were killed during Indonesia's 1975 invasion of East Timor is memorably dramatized in "Balibo," the third and best feature by politically conscious helmer Robert Connolly.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Given the horrendous events it documents, this viscerally gripping Australian drama is remarkably understated.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A powerful dramatization of the 1970s shooting of five frontline Aussie journalists.

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