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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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Crew

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

Cast

Cast
Angie Milliken (narrator)

Production Details

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

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Mumbai International Film Festival
    (2006)
  • Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
    (2006)