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27A (1974)

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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Esben Storm

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Esben Storm
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2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert McDarra Robert McDarra ... Billy Donald
Bill Hunter ... Cornish
Graham Corry Graham Corry ... Peter Newman
Richard Moir ... Richard (as T. Richard Moir)
James Kemp James Kemp ... Slattery
Kris Olsen Kris Olsen ... Gloria
Brian Doyle Brian Doyle ... Lynch
Rick Creaser Rick Creaser ... Jeremy (as Richard Creaser)
Michael Norton Michael Norton ... Mark
David Curtiss David Curtiss ... Doctor
Haydn Keenan Haydn Keenan ... Jeffrey
Gary McFeeter Gary McFeeter ... Samuel
Tom Farley Tom Farley ... Vic
Peter Gailey Peter Gailey ... Co-Escapee
Bob Lee 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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A poignant drama of social concern See more »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1974 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

27 A. See more »

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Smart Street Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Robert McDarra portrays an alcoholic in this film. Reportedly, McDarra was an alcoholic himself. McDarra won the 1974 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actor for his performance in this film. The film also won the AFI Golden Reel Award for Best Film. See more »

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Who's criminally insane here, Bill Donald or the enforcers of the Queensland Health Act?
12 November 2001 | by uds3See 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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