Visio Divina – Movie (Netflix): Evil Angels / A Cry in the Dark

July 2021 – Movie review by Peter Malone msc

A 1988 film, a challenging examination of conscience. It takes its audience back to Uluru, 1980, the disappearance of Azariah Chamberlain, a landmark piece of Australian history. The title was Evil Angels (echoes of the religious overtones and prejudice against Adventists). But, it sounded like a tough Bikie actioner to American ears, so overseas, it became ‘A Cry in the Dark’ and is now on Netflix under this title. It won many Australian Film Institute awards, the Catholic Office prize, and Best Actress for Meryl Streep in Cannes. Older audiences can watch the film again, perhaps amazed at the community divided for and against Lindy Chamberlain’s guilt, her media image, nastiness against Adventists, the trial, witnesses, evidence and its inadequacy, the verdict, imprisonment, exoneration, innocence. So, for younger audiences perhaps new to the story as well as older audiences, a challenge to harsh judgments, harmful, superficial gossip, at the expense of truth. See the trailer here.