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Production Begins on Don't Tell Feature In South East Queensland

Production Begins on Don’t Tell Feature In South East Queensland

| On 15, Mar 2016

Production is underway in South East Queensland for the new feature film Don’t Tell, starring well-known talents Jack Thompson, Rachel Griffiths, Aden Young and newcomer Sara West.

Don’t Tell is based on the book of the same name and follows the true story of 22-year-old Lyndal and her legal battle against the Toowoomba Preparatory School in 2001.

At just 11 years old Lyndal was sexually abused by Kevin Guy, a senior boarding master. While on remand for multiple sex offences, Guy committed suicide just minutes before he was due to appear in court to face charges for the indecent handling of the then 12-year-old.

After years of debilitating psychiatric injury and guilt over Guy’s suicide, Lyndal pursued the matter in court in 2001. Don’t Tell will depict the fight for justice that led to the Blue Card Childcare System and progress on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Sara West Don't Tell

While parallels are being drawn between Don’t Tell and Academy Award winning Spotlight, director Tori Garrett says the two stories are common only in their focus on raising awareness on issues of child abuse. While Spotlight celebrates the efforts of the Boston Globe investigation team, Don’t Tell’s protagonist is Lyndal herself.

Producer Scott Corfield believes that this subject matter, although horrific, is important to focus on. “If nothing changes, nothing changes… ten years on from this case, there was a very similar case at the same school. Different principal, different era. Same sort of abuse. Now there is a national spotlight on child abuse in our institutions, but it’s useful for victims to take courage from those that have gone before them.”

“I hope [audiences] are bloody angry. I hope they recognize courage when they see it. I hope they are inspired. And I hope it stops someone from being abused.”

You can follow the film’s production from their Facebook page.