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At a camping ground near Uluru (Ayers Rock), Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) witnesses a dingo carrying her baby Azaria from a tent. Michael Chamberlain (Sam Neill) begins a search in the darkness.

Curator’s notes

The pivotal scene in Evil Angels vividly captures the tragedy of Azaria Chamberlain’s disappearance and the moment at which the ordinary lives of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain are changed forever. It is peaceful and even humorous at first, with non-drinker Pastor Michael Chamberlain gently ribbing fellow camper Greg (Bill McCluskey) about the effects of alcohol.

The emotional tone of the scene shifts dramatically at the moment Lindy discovers Azaria is missing. The resolve Lindy will demonstrate in the months and years that follow is shown in her calm words to son Aidan (Dale Reeves). Several themes that will play a large role in public opinion about the Chamberlains are subtly threaded into the tragic scene. They are devoutly religious, and Michael is shown to not be a regular 'Aussie bloke’ when Greg says he would 'never trust a man who doesn’t drink’.

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