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The Family is a provocative documentary about an aspect of Australian history few under a certain age recall, and Jones's film grants a voice to those who had so long been denied one.
The affectless way in which the survivors describe their abuse comes to counterpoint the sometimes histrionic choice of cinematic techniques.
As fascinating as it is disturbing.
The core material, and the interviews, are urgent, essential records of an astonishingly awful Australian story.
Absorbing investigative documentary about the Melbourne-based cult that brainwashed children in preparation for the Apocalypse...This is a story crying out to be turned into feature.
Seamless and intelligent editing by Jane Usher creates a mystery story that's gripping and moving, as well as visually poetic.
First seen when police raided homes in 1987, The Family's communal children, some adopted illegally, recount as adults the beatings, starvation, and forced LSD sessions they endured; one victim describes their compound as "a concentration camp".
Even today, it seems, the Family lives on, and perhaps this film is not the last word on the matter. But for anyone haunted by this story, it is certainly a must-see.
An engrossing study not just of a specific situation, but of the psychology behind it.
A structurally shaky, but nevertheless unsettling documentary about the bizarre goings-on inside a secret sect founded right here in Australia.
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