Organised by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and UTS Journalism, a special screening of Balibo in Sydney on 18 August 2009 raised more than $2,700 for the Brussels-based International News Safety Institute (INSI), which provides training and protection for journalists working in dangerous situations.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion hosted by ABC presenter Quentin Dempster, featuring actor Anthony LaPaglia (playing Roger East), actor Damon Gameau (playing Greg Shackleton), Balibo Director of Photography Tristan Milani, and Tony Maniaty, author of Shooting Balibo and senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Technology Sydney. Tony covered the war in East Timor in 1975 for ABC News.
INSI's Director, Rodney Pinder, sent an email thanking all those involved. 'The money raised will be ploughed back into INSI's safety work. Every contribution to INSI goes toward helping colleagues who put their lives on the line to tell the story yet lack the resources adequately to protect themselves. It is of course too late for the Balibo Five and Roger East but perhaps your initiative and the attendant publicity will help achieve some justice at last. It most certainly will contribute in a very real and practical way to helping save lives in the future.' For more about INSI's work, visit http://www.newssafety.org/
Below left: Tristan Milani, Tony Maniaty, Damon Gameau and Anthony LaPaglia at Palace Cinema, Leichhardt, Sydney. Below right: Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Maniaty at INSI fundraiser. (Photos: Jon Harris/Kim Noble)