Dangerous Remedy Movie
Genre : TV Movie | Drama
Director: Ken Cameron
Writers: Kris Wyld, Bertram Wainer (book)
Stars: Jeremy Sims, Kerri-Anne Baker and Nicholas Bell
The ABC telemovie event Dangerous Remedy tells the fascinating story of Dr Bertram Wainer. Living and working in Melbourne in the 1960s Dr Wainer put his life at risk to expose police corruption in an effort to change the law on abortion and put an end to the illegal operations that were killing young women
This is a powerful piece of film making on a very important story which could have been great. Unfortunately, it falls into the trap that seems to be a bit of a pitfall for many dramatisations of real events – the dialogue is overused for exposition. One can only assume that this sometimes makes realistic delivery of the scripted lines too much for actors and director alike.
It also tends towards hagiography in drawing Dr Wainer’s character, despite making a few lacklustre attempts to paint him as flawed.
These quibbles aside, the acting is mostly very strong, particularly Susie Porter and William McInnes, and the overall pacing and direction is first rate. It’s a story that should be told, and you walk away from this film exhausted by the gripping tension that has been created.
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