Production begins on ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy in Melbourne this week.
Produced by Ned Lander for Eclipse Films, producer of Radiance and Who Do You Think You Are?, Dangerous Remedy is directed by Ken Cameron, who helmed Underbelly, Wildside and Brides of Christ and written by Kris Wyld, who wrote East West 101 and Wildside.
A true story based on events beginning in 1969, Dangerous Remedy is the story of a doctor, Bert Wainer, who uncovers an illegal abortion racket protected by corrupt homicide detectives and organised by the medical establishment.
The cast is led by Jeremy Sims, with Willam McInnes, Susie Porter, Maeve Dermody and Mark Leonard Winter as well as Gary Sweet and Caroline Craig. The project is executive produced by Andrew Myer.
Lander said: “This is a story of the remarkable Dr Bertram Wainer – a passionate and flawed man whose campaign challenged and changed our society.”
Carole Sklan, ABC TV’s head of fiction said: “Dangerous Remedy reveals a truly courageous man and his heroic efforts to expose police corruption and protect vulnerable women from men who profited from their suffering.”
The production is inspired by Wainer’s 1972 book It Isn’t Nice.