Through My Eyes (miniseries)

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Through My Eyes
Genre Crime drama
Written by
  • Tony Cavanaugh
  • Simone North
Directed byDi Drew
Composer(s)Mark Seymour
Country of originAustralia
No. of series1
No. of episodes2
Executive producer(s)
  • Mikael Borglund
  • John Holmes
  • Tony Cavanaugh
  • Simone North
CinematographyPhil Cross
  • Andrew Macneil
  • Neil Thumpston
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Liberty Films International
Original network Seven Network
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 October (2004-10-23) 
24 October 2004 (2004-10-24)

Through My Eyes (also known as Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story) is a two-part Australian television crime drama, written by Tony Cavanaugh and Simone North, that is based upon the memoirs of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, whose nine-week-old baby Azaria was taken by a dingo from her family's tent near Uluru in Australia's remote Northern Territory. Directed by Di Drew, the miniseries broadcast on the Seven Network at 8:30 pm on 23 and 24 October 2004. [1] [2] A broadcast in New Zealand followed in August 2005. [3]


To date, the series has yet to be broadcast outside of Australia and New Zealand, although is available to view on YouTube worldwide via the Australian Movie Channel. [4] The series was released on Region 4 DVD via Magna Pacific in 2005, before being reissued on 7 July 2010. Both titles are now out of print. [5]

For her role as Lindy Chamberlain, Miranda Otto was awarded the Silver Logie Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. [6]


Although not part of the actual filming, Lindy acted as one of nearly 300 consultants to the series' producers, and also visited the set twice to speak with members of the cast and crew. [3]


A review of the first episode in The Age commented; "Director Di Drew, working from a script by producers Tony Cavanaugh and Simone North, keeps the emphasis firmly on drama rather than documentary, skilfully teasing out themes of media behaviour, religious intolerance and the palpable public disdain over Lindy's steely emotional response to the loss of her child. And there are powerhouse performances throughout. As Lindy, headliner Miranda Otto has clearly studied the contemptuous scowl Meryl Streep gave her in Evil Angels , while Craig McLachlan as Lindy's husband Michael frankly acquits himself better than his CV would lead you to expect." [2]

A review in The Sydney Morning Herald added; "Five hours over two nights is a daunting prospect, especially when the Lindy Chamberlain story is so well documented, but there are plenty of surprises and it's a story that bears further scrutiny. Miranda Otto and Craig McLachlan are superb as the devout, naive Chamberlains, a couple hopelessly out of their depth. Otto perfectly captures Lindy's unemotive intensity, while McLachlan's physical transformation is eerie." [7]


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