Lawyer Asta Cadell (Deborra-Lee Furness) is travelling through the Australian Outback on holiday when she is forced to stop in the small (fictional) Western Australian town of Ginborak after her motorcycle breaks down.
Asta bunks down with the local mechanic, Tim Curtis (Tony Barry), while he’s fixing her bike.
Tim’s teenage daughter, Lizzie (Simone Buchanan), is gang-raped by Danny Fiske (David Franklin) – the son of a wealthy, well-known citizen – and his pals. Asta learns that Lizzie is not the first victim of these men and persuades Lizzie to press charges against Danny.
But the local copper (Peter Aanensen) would much rather sweep the frequent rapes by the young local males under the carpet than have to lock his mates up, and the girls of the town have enough trouble convincing their own families of the truth, let alone the parents of the “nice, good boys” who have “never been in any trouble.”
Soon, Asta and the Curtis family find their lives are in danger.
It’s a difficult film to watch, and it will upset you from the very beginning to the emotionally explosive and nihilistic climax. But it’s a powerful and important movie and a worthy sister film to The Accused.
The movie was shot on Super 16 mm and then blown up to 35 mm for theatrical release. The film was later remade (under the same title) as a 1992 American telemovie.
Not to be confused with the 2011 Michael Fassbender rumpy-pumpy film of the same name.
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