A teacher discovers one of his students has a rare blood disease, and is drawn into a mystery that culminates in a thrilling climax.





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Cast overview:
Simon Robinson
David Abbott
Jenny Abbott
Michelle Jarman ...
Sally Abbott
Dr. Miller
Geraldine Turner ...
Betty Tate
Jim Tate
Barry Donnelly ...
Sergeant Potter
Sheila Florance ...
Miss Gleeson
Isobel Harley ...
Miss Tucker
Joy Westmore ...
Mrs. Shields
Adrian Wright ...
Peter Flynn
David Smeed ...
Max Fairchild ...
Joe Baxter


A teacher discovers one of his students has a rare blood disease, and is drawn into a mystery that culminates in a thrilling climax.

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30 September 1977 (Australia)  »

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Hemmeligheden  »

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The movie was racked with controversy upon theatrical release. Director Ken Hannam condemned it to the media of the day. Producer Patricia Lovell has said that "It was one of those films that has caused me a lot of sleepless nights since". The lead actors have also spoken of their mixed feelings about the movie. Interviews with them can be seen on the DVD. Nick Tate has said that "It's a film that, I think, was before its time in Australia" whilst John Waters maintains that "Its one of the Australian films that really has stood the test of time". Moreover, Elizabeth Alexander has said of this film: "I'm very sorry for everyone who was involved that it wasn't finally as great as we all hoped it would be. Because it certainly had the makings of that, the potential to be that and, of course, everyone wanted it to be that. But for me, it was just off the mark. I'm sorry to say that." See more »


Simon Robinson: [to the child about to hang a student] What are you doing?
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Full of mood and bitterness
10 November 2000 | by (Walldorf, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a remarkable film. Slow moving, it nevertheless gripped me, thanks to an intriguing premise, moody photography and sympathetic playing. The "if only" ending is surprising and satisfying; even now, 20 years after I first saw the film and with plenty of others to compare it with, I still think it's one of the most memorable film endings I've seen. Recommended.

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