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Encyclopedia > A Cry in the Dark
A Cry in the Dark

Theatrical poster
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Produced by Verity Lambert
Written by Robert Caswell
Fred Schepisi
Starring Meryl Streep
Sam Neill
Music by Bruce Smeaton
Cinematography Ian Baker
Editing by Jill Bilcock
Distributed by Warner Bros. (USA)
Cannon Films (non-USA)
Release date(s) Flag of Australia 4 November 1988
Flag of the United States 11 November 1988
Flag of South Africa 19 May 1989
Flag of the United Kingdom 26 May 1989
Running time 121 min.
Country Australia, US
Language English
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

A Cry in the Dark (Australia: Evil Angels) is a 1988 film based on the disappearance and assumed death of Azaria Chamberlain, a nine-week-old baby girl who went missing from a campground near Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) on August 17, 1980. Frederick Alan Schepisi AO (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and scriptwriter who was born in Melbourne, Victoria. ... Verity Lambert (born November 27, 1935 in London, England, UK) is a British television and film producer, best known for producing the science-fiction series Doctor Who for the BBC for its first two years, from 1963 to 1965. ... Mary Louise Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award, Cannes Best Actress, Berlin Best Actress winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand film and television actor. ... Bruce Smeaton is a composer, well known for a variety of Australian movie film scores. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Golan-Globus produced a distinct line of low-budget action films from 1979 to 1989. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Nine-week-old Australian baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared on the night of 17 August 1980 on a camping trip with her family. ... For the band, see Ayers Rock (band). ...

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Production notes

Director Fred Schepisi returned to his native land of Australia to make this film. The film closely followed the actual events of the disappearance and the trial that followed, but the overriding theme of the film was how the media and often ill-informed public rapidly came to a judgement of the guilt of Lindy Chamberlain, based on a "trial by media". Suspicions of her religion and her perceived lack of emotion on television news coverage fed the public's perception of her, and may have influenced the jury's decision. Frederick Alan Schepisi AO (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and scriptwriter who was born in Melbourne, Victoria. ... Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton (born 4 March 1948, née Alice Lynne Murchison) was at the center of one of Australias most publicised murder trials, in which she was convicted of killing her baby daughter, Azaria. ... Trial by media is a phrase popular in the late 20th century and early 21st century to describe the impact of television and newspaper coverage on a persons reputation by creating a widespread perception of guilt regardless of any verdict in a court of law. ...


The screenplay was written by Schepisi and Robert Caswell, and was based on the 1985 book Evil Angels by John Bryson, a former lawyer. It was produced by Verity Lambert, whose production company Cinema Verity was one of the partners in the film. Ms. Lambert also had a small cameo in the film. Verity Lambert (born November 27, 1935 in London, England, UK) is a British television and film producer, best known for producing the science-fiction series Doctor Who for the BBC for its first two years, from 1963 to 1965. ... Cinema Verity is a British independent television and film production company, founded in 1986 by Verity Lambert, a well-known and highly successful television producer, who named the company after herself and as a pun on the expression cinéma vérité. The companys first major venture was the...


Principal cast

Mary Louise Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award, Cannes Best Actress, Berlin Best Actress winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton (born 4 March 1948, née Alice Lynne Murchison) was at the center of one of Australias most publicised murder trials, in which she was convicted of killing her baby daughter, Azaria. ... Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand film and television actor. ... Dr Michael Chamberlain (born 1944) is an Australian teacher and former pastor, best known due to the disappearance of his daughter Azaria whilst on holidays near Uluru. ... John David Phillips QC LLB (1936- ) is a distinguished lawyer and retired judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the highest court in the Australian state of Victoria. ... Charles Bud Tingwell is an Australian film and theatre actor. ... James Henry Muirhead AC KStJ QC (24 April 1925 - 20 July 1999) was an Administrator of the Northern Territory and a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. ... Maurie Fields (August 4th, 1925-December 18, 1995) is an Australian actor and a well-known face on television thanks to his appearances in Bellbird, Prisoner and The Flying Doctors amongst other productions. ... Nick Tate (born June 18, 1942) is a popular Australian actor best known for his role as the likable but tough Eagle pilot Alan Carter in both seasons of the 1970s science fiction television show Space: 1999. ... Lewis Fitz-Gerald: Born in Adelaide, Australia on November 15 1958, Lewis is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Lewis film credits include Pitch Black directed by David Twohy, Dead Heart directed by Nicholas Parsons, Spider & Rose directed by Bill Bennett, Evil Angels (aka A Cry in...

Critical reception

A Cry in the Dark was critically applauded both in Australia and overseas. In 1989, it was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Director and Best Motion Picture—drama. Schepisi was nominated for the Golden Palm, and Streep won the Best Actress award at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, the film was nominated for eight Australian Film Institute awards and won five: Best Film, Best Actor (Sam Neill), Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Caswell and Schepisi).[1] In addition, Streep was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the name of the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Best Actress Award (French: Prix dinterprétation féminine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... The Australian Film Institute (AFI), established in 1958, is an organisation that promotes Australian film and television through the annual AFI Awards, a membership program and AFI film events throughout the year. ... Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand film and television actor. ... Mary Louise Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award, Cannes Best Actress, Berlin Best Actress winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ...


References

Notes

  1. ^ IMDb awards listing for "A Cry In The Dark"; Retrieved on 2007-01-18

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Further reading

  • Evil Angels / John Bryson (1985, ISBN 0-670-80993-4)
  • Le chien du desert rouge / John Bryson (1997, ISBN 2-7427-1271-2)

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