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Beyond Reasonable Doubt – Alexander McLeod Lindsey (1977)

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An Australian voice

Original classification rating: M. This clip chosen to be M

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A powerful use of an actor’s voice over photographs of Mrs McLeod Lindsay, as she struggles to recall the events of that terrible night when she was brutally attacked.

Curator’s notes

Using photos from the life and times of Mrs McLeod Lindsey over a compelling voice-over of her court testimony, we come to feel extraordinary sympathy for this terribly damaged woman. The prosecution insisted that her evidence had to be discarded as she would be trying to protect her husband. It seems almost impossible to believe that a woman would be trying to protect the man who had so brutally bashed her.

Professor Gordon Hawkins’ point-by-point analysis of the case in situ is compelling and manages to explain with clarity many complicated and conflicting issues. At the end of the program I felt deeply convinced that a terrible miscarriage of justice had occurred.

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