IPI (International Press Institute)
IPI Congress to Show Footage of New Film on Balibo Killings
Anthony LaPaglia as Roger East in Balibo. Copyright Balibo Film Pty Ltd.
Balibo, a powerful film that tells of the events surrounding the slaying of five journalists by Indonesian soldiers in East Timor in 1975, will be showcased at the upcoming IPI World Congress in Helsinki.
The political thriller is told through the eyes of Roger East (played by Emmy Award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia), an Australian who went to East Timor to investigate the earlier killings of five fellow journalists and was himself murdered in East Timor.
Exclusive footage of the film will be shown on 8 June during the 58th IPI World Congress, followed by a special presentation featuring award-winning director Robert Connolly; actor Damon Gameau, who plays slain television reporter Gregory Shackleton; and Maureen Tolfree, sister of one of the journalists killed in East Timor and long-time campaigner for justice.