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UFO Documentary: Westall ’66

A new and interesting UFO documentary airs tonight on the Australian SCI FI channel (Foxtel, 8.30 pm), titled WESTALL ’66: A suburban UFO mystery.

In 1966, in the Australian suburb of Westall, hundreds of students, teachers and local residents witnessed a UFO hover overhead for several minutes, land and take off again at incredible speed. Silenced by authorities at the time, and still angry about not being believed, they revisit the event as tenacious amateur sleuth Shane Ryan goes back to find an answer to the mystery. With an undercurrent of Cold War paranoia, and a burgeoning military alliance between Australia and America, their story has a deep resonance in the current cover-ups and lies delivered by governments in the interests of national security.

Here’s a story from Australian TV about the incident, and the new documentary, as well as input from Australian skeptic Richard Saunders:

Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker has already seen the documentary, and highly recommends it. On his ‘Oz Files’ blog, Bill writes:

It is a powerful narrative of a reality denied by authority but revealed in compelling ways through the words of the witnesses and the wonderfully inspired decision to use the charcoal drawings and animations of animator Lee Whitmore… The black and white renderings of the key 1966 Westall events hauntingly evoke the 1960s era and the visions of the impossible witnessed mainly by school children. There were adult witnesses who also share their stories.

Genuine anomaly, experimental aircraft, weather balloon – what do you think? More information about the documentary, including DVD purchasing instructions, can be found at the official Westall ’66 website.

  1. Westall 66 – one of the best docos yet!
    Hi Greg,

    I enjoyed the doco.

    It raised some interesting questions – UFO it definitely was (after all, no one could ID it, so it was a classic Unidentified Flying Object) but was it secret military technology? Extraterrestrial hardware? Or a rogue weather balloon (as belatedly claimed by the Australian Skeptics on Today Tonight this week)?

    Whatever it was, it emitted heat (goodbye weather balloon story – such a shame skeptics never appraise themselves of facts before commenting), it left behind crude ‘crop circle’ type impressions on the grass, and it was silver and shimmery.

    And then of course there’s the classic MIB (Men In Black) scenario of the uniformed/dark-clothed strangers turning up telling everyone to be quiet and taking the school teacher’s camera. And the ‘military’ trucks and jeeps. Who were they? And why would they bother?

    Intriguing stuff, excellent multiple witness case. And historically it rates as an important Australian UFO event.

    I particularly liked the interplay of animation for the flashbacks – and of course it was a tightly scripted doco. Best thing this country has produced in terms of UFO programming!



  2. Any witness?
    Is there by any chance any Grailer who personally witnessed this fascinating event? I would love to know first-hand impressions.

    …Well, I guess I could settle for second-hand as well 🙂

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