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Act of Necessity (1991)

An Australian couple strive to prove that chemical companies have polluted the water supply, giving their daughter leukemia.


Ian Munro


Pamela Williams
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Cast overview:
Angie Milliken ... Louise Coleman
Mark Owen-Taylor ... Ben Coleman
Wendy Strehlow ... Cressa Buchanan
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Brian Buchanan
Lauren Hewett ... Samantha
Steven Grives ... (as Stephen Grives)
Kris Graves Kris Graves
Scott McGregor Scott McGregor
Louise Coleman Louise Coleman
Sam Coleman Sam Coleman


An Australian couple strive to prove that chemical companies have polluted the water supply, giving their daughter leukemia.

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Release Date:

8 May 1991 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Cotton See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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It's not to die for!
5 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

Here's a really well-made little independent flick that has something to say. Long before Travolta strode the Supreme Court in A CIVIL ACTION, little Samantha was diagnosed as having leukemia, potentially the result of local environmental abuse, after her parents discover that the neighboring farm is constantly being sprayed with pesticides.

Her parents demand answers. What they get is injustice. Forced to fight for their daughter's rights they seek the highest Court in the land. This is their story.

Uniformly good acting, most especially from little Lauren Hewett (seen in STRICTLY BALLROOM, KIDEO, OCEAN GIRL and this year's CUBBYHOUSE) who was only nine when she made this. She puts across real pathos as the afflicted Samantha. Pamela William's script is up to speed and Nigel Westlake chips in with a good music score. Like most court-room dramas, this well and truly holds the attention of the viewer.

Recommended viewing here.

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