Our award winning feature 27A screens at the Art Gallery Of NSW Saturday May 2nd at 2pm. A chance to see this great film freshly restored and on the big screen in Sydney for the first time. 27A is the true story of Bill Donald who was locked in a Queensland mental asylum until he could prove his eligibility to be released. And under section 27A of the Qld. Mental Health act is was legal. Made in 1973 this film is a landmark of Australian cinema.
Star Robert McDarra won best Actor and the film won Best Film at the Australian Film Insitute Awards making Producer Haydn Keenan the youngest winner of the award in the competition's 50 year history. When the local industry was making sex comedies and melodrama, 27A had more incommon with the social realism coming out of the U.K. (Ken Loach) and U.S. (Haskell Wexler). Directed by Esben Storm the film is a rare and very mature work by two early twenty year olds.