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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.


Tori Garrett
2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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An inspiring story of one voice that was heard across the nation See more »


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


Referenced in Don't Tell: Interviews (2017) See more »

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An Australian Film to be Proud Of
21 May 2017 | by sps-70659See all my reviews

It's so rare that I could recommend an Australian movie to audiences anywhere. Let's hope this one doesn't misfire at the box office, as Berlin Syndrome seems to be doing.

It's based on a church-school rapist case that indirectly brought down an Australian Governor-General. Compared with Spotlight, it's more of an interior or chamber piece.

Tori Garrett does very well in her debut feature. Nothing showy, but casting, script and cinematography are all well worked. The good guys are humanised, but so are the bad guys. The ending is a direct play on the emotions, but well earned i thought.

The case also helped trigger our Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse. While our federal government now dithers over a few mil for a National Redress Scheme, it still has a ring-fenced $11b a year for the religious schools. One prominent principal proved to have protected abusers in the past is already bragging that his school will get more loot.

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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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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