A Cry in the Dark

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A Cry in the Dark (US and Europe title) or Evil Angels (Australian title) is a film based on the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, a 10 week old child who went missing from a campground near Uluru (Ayer's Rock) on August 17 1980.

The movie starred Meryl Streep and Sam Neill as Lindy and Michael Chamberlain. It was directed by Fred Schepisi and written by Schepisi with Robert Caswell, based on the book Evil Angels by John Bryson, a former lawyer. It was produced by Verity Lambert, whose production company Cinema Verity was one of the partners in the film.

The film closely followed the events of the disappearance and the trial that followed, but the overriding theme of the film was how the media and often ill-informed public rapidly came to a judgement of the guilt of Lindy Chamberlain, based on suspicions of her religion and her perceived lack of emotion on television news coverage as she attended the trial.

Streep was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

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