DARK CHAPTER: Sexual abuse survivor tells story in film
A FEATURE film retelling one of Toowoomba's darkest chapters and a young girl's fight for justice will premiere to an exclusive audience this weekend.
Don't Tell, the 150-minute film that chronicles a young girl's fight for justice, will premiere to an exclusive audience of industry insiders on the Gold Coast after filming wrapped earlier this year.
It tells the story of sexual abuse survivor Lyndal, 11, who was denied justice after her Toowoomba Prep School tormentor committed suicide the morning he was due to face court.
That man was boarding master Kevin George Guy, with the abuse dating back to 1990.
Denied any chance of justice in the criminal court system, Shine Lawyers went on to represent Lyndal's family in a history-making civil trial 11 years later that is billed as the case that broke the silence on sexual abuse at the hands of those in authority.
The high-profile court case instigated sweeping reforms across the nation and was the catalyst behind the revolutionary Blue Card background check system and pre-dated the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse by more than a decade.
With a star-studded cast including Martin Sacks and Rachel Griffiths, as well as rising talent Sara West who stars as Lyndal, Don't Tell is set to make its public debut this year on the international film circuit.
A spokeswoman for Shine Lawyers said the weekend's exclusive screening on the Gold Coast would be the film's first public premiere but the national debut would follow a hopeful tour of the international circuit.
She said producers and directors hoped to secure a place in the international film festival circuit later this year, and discussions were under way for an Australian film distributor.
She said Australian audiences would have to wait until mid-2017.
Some scenes were filmed in Toowoomba but the majority was shot on location in the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich region.