On the night of 17 August 1980, mother-of-three Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) watches a dingo carry her baby daughter, Azaria, from a tent near Uluru (then known as Ayers Rock) in central Australia. Azaria’s body is never found.
A Northern Territory coroner’s inquest clears Lindy and her husband, Pastor Michael Chamberlain (Sam Neill), of any wrongdoing. Convinced the Chamberlains are guilty, police led by Detective Charlwood (Nick Tate) use questionable forensic findings and circumstantial evidence to charge Lindy with murder and Michael with being an accessory.
In the lead-up to the trial, public sympathy for Lindy is overtaken by rumour and malicious gossip. Many Australians are convinced Azaria’s death and the Chamberlain’s apparent lack of remorse are related to the couple’s Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
Amid a media frenzy, chief prosecutor Ian Barker QC (Bruce Myles) convinces the jury of Lindy’s guilt and she is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.
On 15 September 1988, following the chance discovery of critical new evidence, Lindy’s conviction is quashed and the case declared a miscarriage of justice.
A well written, directed and performed drama based on the most sensational true case in Australian legal history. Released in some markets as A Cry In The Dark .
Aidan, aged 6
Aidan, aged 8
Aidan, aged 11
Reagan, aged 4
Reagan, aged 6
Reagan, aged 9
Lauren Shepherd (1)
Bethany Ann Prickett (2)
Alison O’Connell (3)
Aliza Dason (4)