1965. A gaol break! Alarm! Pandemonium! A prison guard is killed. The State Premier wants blood.

Ronald Ryan is about to be convicted of the murder. A prison officer, Helmut Lange, has evidence to prove the man is innocent, but producing it will jeopardise his future and those of his fellow officers.

Helmut needs courage to do what is right, but childhood memories torture him as he wrestles with the conflict between self-preservation, and loyalty, and courage. Misplaced ideals always exact a price.

This is his story. It is based on the true case of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia.

  • naturalistic drama
  • 30
  • 7 total
  • 1 female identifying, 6 male identifying
  • history
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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