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Don't Tell (2017)

With help from a local lawyer, a young abuse survivor finds the courage to speak out when having a voice is her only option.

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Tori Garrett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Bob Myers
Aden Young ... Stephen Roche
Sara West ... Lyndal
Rachel Griffiths ... Joy Conolly
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Jean Dalton
Susie Porter ... Sue
Gyton Grantley ... Kevin Guy
Robert Taylor ... Robert Brewster
Martin Sacks ... Tony
Robert Coleby ... John Bowers
Leeanna Walsman ... Wendy Roche
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ... Archbishop Peter Hollingworth
Ashlee Lollback ... Jodie Collins
Bryan Probets ... Bernard Yorke
Caroline Kennison ... Judge Margaret Wilson
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Based on true events that changed the law. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal, a young woman sexually abused as an 11 year old while attending a prestigious school. Her courage to fight for justice is entrusted to a local lawyer determined to build a case and give Lyndal peace from her torment. With the help of his aspiring young associate and an enigmatic barrister, the lawyer and Lyndal find their way together. Written by Scott Corfield

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Tell See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jack Thompson replaced Michael Caton in the anchor role of barrister Bob Myers when the latter fell sick. See more »

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Sara West - an Oscar-winning performance
20 May 2017 | by clivehodgesSee all my reviews

Don't Tell: Sara West gives an Oscar-winning performance as Lyndal who was sexually abused when she was 11 years old by her housemaster at a boarding school in Toowoomba, Australia. She courageously brings an action for damages against the Anglican Church in 2001. Clearly suffering from PTSD, this 22-year-old ploughed on refusing to compromise.

Professional film reviewers have suggested the film is 'static', 'polite', 'lacking sizzle', 'too cautious' and 'earnest'. I disagree. There was no need for flamboyance or extravagant camera angles.

Lyndal's story was the focus point and Tori Garrett, the director, obviously understood that.

There was anger simmering below the surface, glances between the characters that needed no words. There were attempts of holding back incriminating evidence by the school authorities and pressure to bully the plaintive into accepting piddling damages.

Lyndal stood firm but justice can be elusive and the jury's verdict unpredictable.

The pacing was just right, the editing unobtrusive, the acting excellent and the director's decisions spot on. The movie held my attention to the very last frame.


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