This dramatized documentary about the life of the controversial High Court Judge Lionel Murphy (1922-88) comprises reenactments, interviews and archival footage. The film documents Murphy's role in introducing many radical legal and political reforms and the forces within the Australian establishment that worked against him, causing him to be the most senior judicial figure in the history of the Commonwealth to go before the criminal court. Seldom do Australian documentaries engage with and question fundamental issues of the law and the role of police and security surveillance in the lives of individuals in Australian society. (CS)
As this film has been released theatrically in Melbourne, it will not be screened at the Festival but will be considered by the competition jury.