Aidan Fennessy charts the story of his extended family, the Stewarts, whose twenty-one-year-old son Tony Stewart was one of the Balibo Five. This is one of Australia’s most controversial issues, and Fennessy explores it through the eyes of those to whom justice matters the most. Julia Blake stars as Tony Stewart’s mother.
On 16 October 1975, five Australian-based journalists, Greg Shackleton, Tony Stewart, Gary Cunningham, Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, were murdered on assignment in the town of Balibo, East Timor, at the hands of the Indonesian military. The journalists had been sent by their networks to investigate decolonisation in East Timor and the threat of invasion by neighbouring Indonesia.
It took one month for the parents of the journalists to learn that their children were missing and another month to confirm that they were killed. After two official inquiries (1999 and 2007), those responsible for the murder of the Balibo Five have still not been prosecuted.