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Shane Ryan in Canberra here. I just wanted to write to say thank you for your review of the 2010 documentary on the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident “Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery”.
I appreciated the comments you made both about the incident and the film – good and bad! I wasn’t the film maker, that was Rosie Jones, who is a very talented film maker, writer and editor based in Melbourne. It was a challenge for her to cram such a story – with so many witnesses (of whom more than 100 have been in contact with me) and with so many layers – into 50 minutes, and on a shoestring budget!
I actually have an open mind about what it was that was seen that day over and around Westall. In contrast to how it may have been presented in the film, I don’t know that it was something of extraterrestrial origin – although I did certainly begin to lean that way as my research – and Rosie’s filming – progressed. It certainly was not, in my opinion, something prosaic…and it certainly was something that to the hundreds of people who saw it, both in the air and on the ground, and the many more who saw the marks/circles left behind by it, an object very foreign to anything they had seen before, or since.
The response to the event was also unprecedented in Australia: police, Air Force, fire brigade, ambulance, civil defence organisation, Department of Supply…and possibly others.
For more information about the Incident please have a look at the Westall Flying Saucer Incident Facebook page – there’s lots of material there in terms of posts, photos, links etc. The research continues!