Act of Necessity


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1991, 95 Minutes

This drama depicts the desperate situation of Louise, a young farmer’s wife and mother of an eight-year-old daughter diagnosed with leukemia. The family live in a town whose prosperity depends on the cotton crops, which are regularly sprayed with chemicals.

This is the story of what really happens when a small country community is faced with the ultimate environmental choice - the immediate prosperity of their booming agribusiness versus the possible serious health risks posed by the industry.

A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Channel Four. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.



Director: Ian Munro

Principal Cast: Angie Milliken (Louise), Mark Owen-Taylor (Ben), Lauren Hewett (Samantha), Wendy Strehlow (Cressa), Tim McKenzie (Brian), Stephen Grives (Brislan), Kristoffer Greaves (Barry), Lillian Crombie (Yvonne), Leah Tansey (Lisa), Paul Sonkkila (Pilot), Neil Modra (Minister), Greg Bettridge (Detective), Jon Darling (Farmer), Damian Cudmore (Guard)

Year: 1991

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Classification: PG. Consumer advice: Adult theme.

Curriculum Links: Agricultural Science; Environmental Studies; Science (general, environmental, biology), SOSE, HSIE (Geography Stage 6). Of particular relevance to NSW Geography Stage 5A3 'Issues in Australian Environments'.


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SKU 198805600
Brand Film Australia

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