5 November 2001 | uds3
It's not to die for!
Here's a really well-made little independent flick that has something to say. Long before Travolta strode the Supreme Court in A CIVIL ACTION, little Samantha was diagnosed as having leukemia, potentially the result of local environmental abuse, after her parents discover that the neighboring farm is constantly being sprayed with pesticides.
Her parents demand answers. What they get is injustice. Forced to fight for their daughter's rights they seek the highest Court in the land. This is their story.
Uniformly good acting, most especially from little Lauren Hewett (seen in STRICTLY BALLROOM, KIDEO, OCEAN GIRL and this year's CUBBYHOUSE) who was only nine when she made this. She puts across real pathos as the afflicted Samantha. Pamela William's script is up to speed and Nigel Westlake chips in with a good music score. Like most court-room dramas, this well and truly holds the attention of the viewer.
Recommended viewing here.