Tony Maniaty covered the war in East Timor in 1975 for ABC TV News. He came under shelling in Balibo; a few days later, five other Australian journalists who had ignored his warnings not to go to Balibo were killed in the border town.
33 years later, in his role as consultant to the upcoming film Balibo, Tony returned to Balibo for the first time. This is his story.
John Birmingham is an Australian writer and regular contributor for the Monthly Magazine. He's best known for his memoir He Died With a Felafel in His Hand and his book on the history of Sydney Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney, for which he won Australia's National Prize for Non-Fiction in 2002.
He has written two Quarterly Essays Appeasing Jakarta: Australia's Complicity in the East Timor Tragedy and A Time For War: Australia as a Military Power.
Tony Maniaty has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, starting at the ABC. He has been a Foreign Correspondent for the ABC, a Diplomatic Correspondent for Radio Australia, European Correspondent for SBS's Dateline, Executive Producer of The 7.30 Report and Senior Advisor, Policy and Program Development, for ABC News and Current Affairs.
He received a Master of Arts for his research into television coverage of warfare from Vietnam to Iraq. He is a former director of the Australian Centre of Independent Journalism. He has published a memoir as well as two novels, one of which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. From 1993 - 2008 he was book reviewer for The Australian newspaper.
He has been awarded Australia Council Fellowships, the Martin Bequest for Literature, the New South Wales Premier's Writers Award and the National Short Story of the Year Award. He has taught Journalism at the Danish School of Journalism and currently teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney.