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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 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
Every moment of this short film kept me riveted. At first, I was nervous that it might try to deal with too many issues and sub-plots but my fears were completely unfounded. It was beautifully scripted and the actors played their parts confidently and convincingly. Sets and costumes were authentic and the musical score worked beautifully to support every scene.
For about 105 minutes, I was taken back to Melbourne in 1969, when archaic laws dictated that a pregnant woman didn't have the right to choose what happened to her and when corrupt Police not only turned a blind eye to backyard abortionists but actually encouraged them...for a fee.
The film reminded me that our society needs people like Bertram Wainer, who have the courage to speak out, regardless of the cost to themselves, when others are too scared.
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