Free outdoors screening at Charlton House gardens as part of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival, with subtitles. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the venue and a flat path to the garden.
July 1969. Apollo 11’s astronauts will walk on the moon – and a huge satellite dish outside a sheep-farming Australian town has been chosen to beam the live footage globally. The whole world is depending on scientist Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), who must steer the telescope’s eccentric crew through a sea of mishaps and disasters that threaten to spoil the small town’s finest hour.
Watching over them is a by-the-book NASA representative who can’t quite understand their quirky working methods. A comical culture clash erupts in this effortlessly funny tale of how history’s biggest televised event was almost cancelled. The Dish is a warm-hearted and hilarious comedy based on a true story of what the world didn’t see.
We will be joined by members of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society who will be bringing a telescope and a display of astrophotography images.
Charlton House’s cafe will be open and serving cakes, crisps, sandwiches, popcorn, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. The film has a 12 certificate (there is brief strong language, but not used aggressively).
Peter Bradshaw’s review in The Guardian of The Dish.
Approximate timings: Doors – 6.30pm, there will be an indoors astrophotography table display, telescope outside, film will start around 7.30pm-ish* (it’s 1hr 41 mins) and everything should be finished by 10pm. *as soon as it’s dark enough to see the screen!