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27A (1974)

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A middle-aged "metho" drinker joins Alcoholics Anonymous and undergoes a psychiatric examination. As a consequence, he is committed to a hospital for the criminally insane, to be detained ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert McDarra ...
Billy Donald
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Cornish
Graham Corry ...
Peter Newman
Richard Moir ...
Richard (as T. Richard Moir)
James Kemp ...
Slattery
Kris Olsen ...
Gloria
Brian Doyle ...
Lynch
Rick Creaser ...
Jeremy (as Richard Creaser)
Michael Norton ...
Mark
David Curtiss ...
Doctor
Haydn Keenan ...
Jeffrey
Gary McFeeter ...
Samuel
Tom Farley ...
Vic
Peter Gailey ...
Co-Escapee
Bob Lee ...
Mullet Gut
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A middle-aged "metho" drinker joins Alcoholics Anonymous and undergoes a psychiatric examination. As a consequence, he is committed to a hospital for the criminally insane, to be detained indefinitely under the notorious Section 27A of the Queensland Mental Health Act. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Who's criminally insane here, Bill Donald or the enforcers of the Queensland Health Act?
12 November 2001 | by (Longmont: Colorado US) – See all my reviews

Extreme thought-provoking docudrama here.

Based on a true story, Bill Donald is a middle-aged loser, and an alcoholic who finally turns to AA for assistance. Following a psychiatric examination and by invoking the notorious Queensland Health Act No 27A, authorities commit Bill to a hospital for the criminally insane, pending his ability to prove himself eligible for release.

This is the story of one man's challenge to the validity of the Law. Bill Donald may be a liar, a cheat, an entrenched alcoholic..but he is also just one man trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare.

Esben Storm has done a fine job with this film, it is compulsive viewing. Robert McDarra also, hands in a more than capable characterisation of Bill Donald, not an easy role to play here.

Recommended entertainment in my opinion.


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