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The Screen Guide

In 1967 a young woman came to Dr Bertram Wainer's Melbourne surgery seeking emergency medical treatment after a backyard abortion. She was desperately ill yet too afraid to go to hospital. For Wainer this was the start of a long, hard struggle to overturn laws that made abortion an offence punishable by up to 15 years in jail. In the process he uncovered a web of corruption involving highly paid doctors, backyard abortionists, high-ranking police and power-broking politicians. It would lead to attempts against his life and the first major public enquiry into a state police force, as he fought to make abortions accessible, affordable and safe.

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John Moore
John Moore
John Moore  Sue Seeary
Executive Producers
Penny Robins  Franco di Chiera
Dir. of Photography
Jenni Meaney


Angie Milliken (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films