Josh Olson on

The Dish

Released 2001
Distributor Warner Bros.

About The Dish

Australia’s top grossing film of 2000 was this Rob Sitch-directed, Bill Forsyth-influenced semi-fictionalized dramedy based on NASA’s use of a radio telescope in New South Wales to beam images from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing around the world. Much of the electronic prop equipment on hand was actually used during the landing but was too heavy to ship back to the US and ended up in the movie.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.  
  • George White

    I remember when this came out. I was six. It played in the next screen in a multiplex cinema where I saw the Planet of the Apes retake

  • Alex

    Josh, I have become such a huge fan of yours because of your obvious passion for films and this commentary was your apex. You really got across your emotions and thoughts at the time of this film and how it influenced them.

  • DarthDave

    A really lovely film. Such a shame the director only seems to have made a couple of movies so far.

  • Marco Antonio S F

    If that Aussie movie is half as moving as Mr. lson´s commentary, it is a winner.