The dramatized true-story of the Granville train disaster in Jan 1977 and the subsequent inquiry. Told across two time-frames: the impossible conditions of rescuers, victims and survivors and the divisive investigation by the Coroner.
On January 18th, 1977, a crowded commuter train heading for Sydney, derailed hitting a stanchion of the Granville bridge. The bridge collapsed and killed 83 passengers and injuring more than 232. This dramatised-true-story follows the horrendous survival and rescue and recovery of victims and the political and difficult investigation by the Coroner and his team of investigators Written by
Dr White is the only fictional character and is based on an amalgam of several doctors at the crash site. See more »
The cars that crash down with the bridge are removed via crane towards the end of the film. Moments later, a character climbs down from the bridge to the railway tracks, and the cars are back where they were behind him. See more »
This is a very powerful documentary uncovering the events leading up to, during and following the Granville train disaster. I remember watching with horror the events on the television at the time, and although many other disasters have happened in Australia, and around the world since then, for many Sydneysiders it will remain one of the worst accidents in living memory. The movie, using the inquest as a focal point, is extremely well made, and very moving. The acting is sensitive and restrained, Rebecca Gibney, in particular, showing amazing depth of emotion. There are no big stars in this movie. It doesn't need them. The movie is essentially about the people whose lives were affected, and they are portrayed with humanity and empathy.
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