Do I Have to Kill My Child?


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1976, 52 Minutes

A disturbing drama about a young mother who physically abuses her baby.

Feeling overwhelmed and aware that she's not coping after the birth of her third child, she sends desperate cries for help. But her mother, husband, neighbour and clinic sister do not recognise the seriousness of the situation until the baby ends up in hospital with a fractured skull.

A heart-wrenching film that illustrates the experiences of many women who suffer from post-natal depression.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Donald Crombie

Writers: Donald Crombie, Anne Deveson

Cinematographer: Dean Semler

Principal Cast: Jacki Weaver (Dianne), Brendon Lumney (Ross), Michele Farman and Nerida Clark (daughters Tracey and Kate), Willie Fennell (Rob), Henry Szeps (Doctor).

Year: 1976

Running Time: 52 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Child and Family Studies; Community Studies; Community Services (Mental Health); Gender Studies; Psychology.


Myths of Childhood

SKU 003002100
Brand Film Australia

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