Last man hanged

Australia, 1993

Film
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This dramatised documentary depicts the events leading up to the hanging of Ronald Ryan in Pentridge Gaol in 1967 - the last man hanged in Australia. Through the eyes of Keith Willey (Lewis Fitz-Gerald), the journalist who followed the case, we see Ryan as a complex man who was as much a victim as those he had violated. This documentary details how the State Premier, Sir Henry Bolte, facing an imminent election, decided to make an issue of the case and pushed through the hanging despite nationwide protest. What evolves is powerful and emotional statement about capital punishment.

Credits

director

Lewis Fitz-Gerald

producer

Bill Bennett

Language

English

Duration

00:58:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38911

Audience classification

Exempt

Subject categories

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Trials in motion pictures

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Capital punishment

History → Bolte, Henry, Sir, 1908-1990

People → Bolte, Henry, Sir, 1908-1990

People → Ryan, Ronald, 1925-1967

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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