WMU News

Acclaimed Australian comedy is August film offering

July 19, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Kalamazoo Film Society will present "The Dish," Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12, in Western Michigan University's Little Theatre.

Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, and 2:30 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. The Little Theatre is on the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on the WMU East Campus. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, and free parking is available in Lot No. 11 behind the theatre.

This highly acclaimed Australian comedy stars Sam Neill (The Piano, Jurassic Park) and Patrick Warburton (The Emperor's New Groove, Seinfeld) and is directed by Rob Sitch. "The Dish" won for Best Screenplay at the Australian Film Critics Circle Awards and was called "A wonderful, delightful comedy," by the New York Post.

"The Dish" is a comedic true story about a group of eccentric Australian scientists manning a remote satellite dish who, much to NASA's alarm, are the only hope for receiving the historic images of man's first steps on the moon. One of the most critically and commercially successful Australian films ever, "The Dish" is a rousing, feel-good movie that succeeds both because of its perfectly formed characters and a heartwarming tone that illustrates that working for a common goal is the highest calling in life.

This film is a favorite with critics including Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune who describes the film as, "The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit." Dennis Harvey of Variety cites it as "A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist," and critic Roger Ebert calls it simply, "An inspired comedy!"

For more information, call the movie line at (616) 387-8221 or visit the Kalamazoo Film Society's Web site at <www.kalfilmsociety.net> or the film's web site at <thedishmovie.warnerbros.com>.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 616 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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