- Enjoy £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase a DVD or Blu-ray offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 GMT on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Explosive political thriller, telling the true story of crimes which have been kept hidden for over 30 years. As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian-based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta 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. Starring Golden Globe winner Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, Summer of Sam, The House of Mirth) and Oscar Issac (Che, Body of Lies, Robin Hood)
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
Jose Ramos Horta is the man who persuades him (played by Oscar Isaac - `Che' and `Robin Hood'). Once they arrive East decides to find out what has happened to the journalists, whom he knew and were friends of his. His trek leads him to Balibo where he tries to uncover the truth.
The story begins in the present day with eye witnesses being questioned about these events. It then returns to December 1975. East Timor has just declared independence from its colonial master Portugal. In the supposed power vacuum, the Indonesians wasted no time, but decided to launch an aggressive invasion on an unprepared country. The world stood by and did nothing; the only outsiders that tried to get the truth to the wider world were these Australian journalists (actually one was British).
Director Robert Connolly has done an excellent job of presenting the story in such a way that has you hooked from the start and does not let up. The attention to period detail is excellent and the acting superb. This is based on the book `Cover Up' by Jill Jollife and I am sure she is very pleased with the result. This is an intense thriller with periodic action and quite explicit violence. It is a story that should have been told a long time ago, it is just good that at last it has seen the light of day.
With a run time of 106 minutes, this will stay with you a long time after. It is in English with some Portuguese, but with good sub titles. One of the best films I have seen in a long time and will probably draw comparisons to `The Killing Fields'. This however, stands as a film of excellence in its' own right and I can not recommend highly enough.
The journalist is immediately struck with the potential of a story about a team of young idealists who disappeared 3 weeks before, when apparently Indonesian security forces began to take over the recently liberated Portuguese colony (in 1975). His concentrates on the plight of his compatriots enrages and disgusts the official, who wants him to cover the story from the point of view of the country that is being swallowed by violence and a new bid to own it as a colony. They go on a long, rough trek into the interior, get shot at, and meet a number of courageous rebels. Parallel to this investigation, they story of the journalists is shown as if happening at the same time. They are beautiful young men, full of ideals and potential, their lives just getting started, their talents only beginning to bloom.
While I do not wish to spoil the plot, the film rolls out with a relentless realism. The older journalist discovers what happened to them and is shocked at what he witnesses, including the murder before his eyes of a rebel who had become a friend. He then accepts his duty as a journalist to tell the entire story. It is believable and inspiring. It is also a true story. The young diplomat goes into exile, eventually winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
If you are interested in contemporary history, this is a must see film. I will share it with my children, who are becoming interested in world politics. The acting in this is very strong.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews