Annie's Coming Out


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1984, 93 Minutes

This acclaimed feature film is based on the true story of Annie McDonald, a child with cerebral palsy who was institutionalised from an early age in a hospital for children with severe disabilities, and was unable to communicate with anybody.

Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) works in a hospital for disabled children. Among the children in her charge is Annie, who has had cerebral palsy since birth. Jessica discovers Annie's considerable intelligence and endeavours to demonstrate it to everyone. She finds that she is drawn into a struggle against the establishment where the odds are stacked against her, a fight that eventually takes her to court.

A heartwarming and uplifting drama, Annie’s Coming Out is a moving testimony to love and the triumph of the human spirit.

A Film Australia, Australian Film Commission Production in association with Thebe International and Bereich.© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer: Don Murray

Director: Gil Brealey

Writers: John Patterson, Chris Borthwick (Screenplay)

Cinematographer: Mick von Bornemann (DOP), Bruce Hillyard (Camera Operator)

Principal Cast: Angela Punch McGregor, Drew Forsythe, Wallas Eaton, Simon Chilvers, Monica Maughan, Mark Butler, Liddy Clark, Philippa Baker, Alastair Duncan, Charles Tingwell, Tina Arhondis

Year: 1984

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Classification: PG. Parental Guidance Recommended

Curriculum Links: Human Welfare Studies; Community & Family Studies; Human Services; Nursing; Paediatrics and Neonatal Nursing; PDHPE - Stage 5, Strand 1 'Self and Relationships'; Philosophy and Ethics; Psychology; Social Work.


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SKU 198390700
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