Now shooting Lindy
ON MONDAY, filming started in Queensland on Channel 7′s $8-million four-hour mini-series, Through My Eyes.
The drama tells the story of Lindy Chamberlain and her then husband, Michael, whose nine-week-old daughter, Azaria, disappeared on the evening of August 17, 1980.
Lindy said she saw a dingo take the baby from the family tent at Uluru.
Within days, dingo “experts” were claiming a dingo would not have done such a thing.
The following year Lindy Chamberlain was charged with murdering Azaria and in 1982 stood trial in Darwin.
On October 29, 1982, Lindy was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.
The following day her husband, Michael, was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact and given a suspended jail sentence of 18 months, and placed on a three-year, $500, good-behaviour bond.
Appeals to the Federal and High courts were lost, but doubts cast over forensic evidence eventually saw Lindy released from jail.
Producers Tony Cavanaugh and Simone North, of Liberty and Beyond Productions — who gave us the award-winning Channel 10 mini-series The Day of the Roses — spent three years researching Through My Eyes.
At $8 million, it is one of the most expensive mini-series commissioned in Australia.
And with more than 140 speaking roles, the cast list reads like an Aussie who’s who of the performing arts.
Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) stars as Lindy, with Craig McLachlan (Heroes Mountain) appearing as Michael.
Otto’s husband Peter O’Brien (White Collar Blue) is chief prosecutor Ian Barker, QC. Andrew McFarlane plays Lindy’s defence lawyer, John Phillips, QC; Barry Otto is the prosecution forensic expert Frank Cocks; Angie Milliken plays forensic specialist Joy Kuhl; and Simon Westaway (Janus) plays coroner Dennis Barritt.
Former All Saints star Erik Thomson plays prosecution forensic expert Professor James Cameron, with Thomson’s All Saints colleague Brian Vriends playing the part of policeman Neil Plumb.
Other notables who will feature in the mini-series include Steve Vidler, Aaron Blabey, Lorraine Bayly, Paul Sonkkila, Shaun Micallef, Paul Mercurio, Lucy Bell, Nadine Garner, Grant Bowler and Paul McDermott. Seven plans to screen Through My Eyes later this year.
Edition 1 – FIRSTWED 12 MAY 2004, Page H07
By ROBERT FIDGEON
Archive for May, 2004
Now shooting Lindy
I am now half way through this journey of mine, half way along the road I call my life. Looking back it seems too short and looking ahead it seems way too long. Too short because it happened too fast. Too long because I wonder what I am going to do with such a long and open expanse ahead of me.
Now I am half way there, half way through, I am a little concerned, scared even. When I look back I know what I did. Looking forward I have a few ideas but nothing nearly as complete as a memory. Only these fluffy dreams which, like fairy floss, melt in your mouth leaving no trace of physical existence but a lingering sweetness of might have beens – an imagining.
When I look back I see a lot! Goals met, challenges succeeded, dreams made real, surprises brightened by hard work and smiles. I see loves fought for and lost, fought for and won, a lasting legacy of happy children, a loving and supportive relationship with a soul mate. I see achievement, I see stuff of consequence, I see meaning in and through my existence.
When I look ahead I see a blank canvass already slightly coloured with anxiety. My dream like oil paints are scattered around the palette waiting for me to pick up the brush and begin the creation, begin to paint the me of tomorrow and the life that goes with it.
I would be honest with you and tell you I am a little scared it may not be as good as the past. I would be honest with you and tell you I feel the pressure to live up to that part of me that is past, which is here now, writing this and also looking ahead at the canvass waiting to be struck with the sunset of my life.
It is a quick road that we walk away from our birth and a slow road we walk toward our death.
I am wondering about the next forty years of my life. Has the best already happened or will I, can I, do better? Or is it time to take stock on who I am and step back from the past and go forward anew. And what part of me must I need let go of – if any – to do so. To go forward unencumbered by the past or even the future for that matter.
That, tonight, is the question.
Perhaps I just need to embrace the unknowability of how the painting will look when it’s finished and just start painting.
The longer time I spend alone
the larger the cave of my thinking becomes
The tendrils of my thinking extend beyond reason
exploring the hidden
discovering the obvious
and all the while growing larger and darker and more
cavernous with each moment left alone
in the dark my voice echo’s off unknown and unseen surfaces
thrown back at me in a guise oft unspoken
oft not listened to
That the thing, the longer you stand alone
the more you discover there is to discover
the longer you wander
the deeper you will find yourself going
and eventually you come face to face
but do not be fooled
for like the rings in an onion (and the tears they bring)
or the rings that denote the life of a giant oak
so to the self that you meet
is but one peeling of who you are
the further you step within this unknown infinite space
the more layers you may discover to peel away
and the more intimately you may come
walking in rings to understand your own self
She is tall and straight, with a cheeky glint in her eye
She is strong and dignified,
She speaks from the heart and embraces honesty
She is at once humble and grateful
but doesnt mind to express herself with the occassional tantrum
which are truly beautiful to behold
Her words are true
Her heart is big
Her cuddles are great
She is beautiful too
I am very proud of her
for she is a wonderful person whom I learn much from
and share much with
We have laughed and cried together
we have explored and grown
we are journeymen of the best kind
for we are friends.
I love her deeply
and try very hard to let her go so she may grow
but it is not always easy – is it my sweet?
I am so lucky to have this time with her
and I thank the powers that be
and more importantly
you – Elise
for being the wonderful you
The man who dreams of nothing
has nothing but dreams
The man who acts on his dreams achieves his goals
has an abundance of the stuff of his dreams
and importantly endless more dreams to dream
The man who does not act
eventually dreams of disenchantment
hope is lost and he dreams no more
he loses faith in the abundance that is he himself
the phone rings
then much later
darkness fills me
a warm voice
fills my mind
my need tight
a bubble breaks
invites the cold
becomes ever still
a warm voice
a sob escapes
the pain of living
heat to my lips
for another time
smelling of fear
time is now
nothing is forever
and am safe
US Television schedule for May:
Thu May 6 06:20P on Encore Love Stories Fri May 7 03:50A on Encore Love Stories Sun May 9 06:30A on Flix Movie Channel Sun May 9 05:00P on Flix Movie Channel Mon May 10 12:20P on Encore Love Stories Mon May 10 01:20P on Movie Plex Mon May 10 11:40P on Encore Love Stories Tue May 11 12:40A on Movie Plex Fri May 14 09:30A on Flix Movie Channel Fri May 14 08:00P on Flix Movie Channel Sat May 15 12:40P on Encore Love Stories Wed May 19 12:10P on Encore Love Stories Thu May 20 04:50A on Encore Love Stories Mon May 24 08:00P on Flix Movie Channel Sun May 30 11:00A on Encore Love Stories Mon May 31 04:00A on Encore Love Stories Mon May 31 05:00A on Movie Plex