Shooting Balibo

Shooting Balibo Thirty years after he was there with the Balibo Five Tony Maniaty returns to East Timor to lay his ghosts to rest in a beautifully written memoir

  • Title: Shooting Balibo
  • Author: Tony Maniaty
  • ISBN: 9780670073580
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty years after he was there with the Balibo Five, Tony Maniaty returns to East Timor to lay his ghosts to rest, in a beautifully written memoir.

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    1. *this review may contain spoilers* Tony Maniaty is an Australian journalist who revisits Timor Leste some 30 years after he was posted to the country as a correspondent. He is now acting as an advisor to the cast and crew of the film, Balibo. The movie is based on the deaths of five Australian journalists who ventured to the small town of Balibo to cover the story of Indonesia's impending invasion of then-East Timor in late 1975.On the surface, the book appears to be a behind-the-scenes look at [...]

    2. Tony Maniaty was one of the Australian journalists who managed to get out of East Timor before the Indonesian invasion. He has lived with the memory of what happened to the Balibo Five ever since. Survivor guilt plagues him, and it is revisited in full detail when he arrives back in East Timor to be an 'advisor' on the set of the film Balibo.This is a really interesting memoir that contrasts 'reality' with 'fantasy' - and captures the surreal nature of seeing events that you lived through becomi [...]

    3. Good but not as interesting as what I had hoped. I liked the sections on the original story, the pieces set in the 1970's.I have seen the film, and must say after reading this book, I am tempted to watch it again.

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