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In 1969, Dr Bertram Wainer is called out to tend to a young woman dying as a result of a backyard abortion. When an angry Wainer investigates the illegal abortion racket, it leads him into ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sims ...
Bertram Wainer
Peggy Berman
Maeve Dermody ...
Jo Wainer
Lionel Pugh
Barry Smith
William McInnes ...
Jack Ford
Dr. Troup
Sir Arthur Rylah
Barbara Wainer
Felice Wainer
Dirk Wainer
Calen MacKenzie ...
Rory Wainer (as Calen McKenzie)
Sean Wainer (as Elliott Smith)
Bonnie McGregor


In 1969, Dr Bertram Wainer is called out to tend to a young woman dying as a result of a backyard abortion. When an angry Wainer investigates the illegal abortion racket, it leads him into the dark and murky world of criminals, paranoid doctors who operate illegally, and desperate women. Passionate, courageous and flawed, Wainer launched a campaign that both challenged and changed our society. Written by Anonymous

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It's set in 1969, but the kitchen has a 1988-vintage Telecom push-button wall phone and similar era range-hood. The laminex and cupboard handles are similarly dated. See more »

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Grippping story let down by clunky script
4 November 2012 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful piece of film making on a very important story which could have been great. Unfortunately, it falls into the trap that seems to be a bit of a pitfall for many dramatisations of real events - the dialogue is overused for exposition. One can only assume that this sometimes makes realistic delivery of the scripted lines too much for actors and director alike.

It also tends towards hagiography in drawing Dr Wainer's character, despite making a few lacklustre attempts to paint him as flawed.

These quibbles aside, the acting is mostly very strong, particularly Susie Porter and William McInnes, and the overall pacing and direction is first rate. It's a story that should be told, and you walk away from this film exhausted by the gripping tension that has been created.

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