In the film, The Daughter, Christian returns home for the first time in 15 years. In this scene, he's catching up with his old friend Oliver, meeting his family and assisting them as they try to nurse a wounded duck back to health. (Coarse language.)
Walking to school, Thomas is forced to pass a group of local boys behaving abusively to a girl on Charlie's bus. Moments later, Charlie runs up to give Jackie a hug and the same group begin to taunt Charlie and Thomas. The situation escalates as Charlie becomes over stimulated and afraid. The behaviour of the students and teachers highlight a disastrous lack of education around disability in the wider community. Jackie gives Thomas a birthday present and tries to support his conflicted feelings.
Microbiologist Slava Epstein demonstrates a novel approach to growing microbes in a laboratory that greatly expands the number of organisms available to researchers to study. Rather than using a Petri dish with agar jelly, the Northeastern University College of Science professor puts bacteria in a diluted soil solution and covers the samples in the dirt in which they were found, growing 30,000 percent more bacterial colonies in something that resembles their natural environment.
The Mollison family get a visit from the Department of Youth and Community Services, due to anonymous complaints about fighting. Thomas' father, Simon, blames their neighbour for the invasive visit. Later, Thomas, Jackie and Charlie go for a wander into an abandoned park, and Jackie teaches Thomas to swim in the river. When the rain hits, Charlie becomes over-stimulated, so Jackie and Thomas seek shelter for them all. The cold, standoffish behaviour of the community is offset by Jackie's sensiti
Jackie joins the Mollison family for Thomas' birthday. Thomas, stressed and angry for Charlie's lot in life, suggests the family stop signing to Charlie. Maddie believes Charlie will be non-verbal all his life. The family bring out Thomas' cake after dinner and Jackie discovers Charlie masturbating next to her, making her very uncomfortable. Thomas loses his temper, taking it on Charlie. Afterwards, Thomas is distraught and seeks out Jackie to acknowledge his behaviour.
Banding together, Darryl, Farouk, Jack and Yvonne move ahead with the David and Goliath case. At court, Dennis struggles to articulate his argument, calling on a broader, ethical understanding of justice, the Constitution and the historical Mabo v Queensland (1992) native title case. Outside, Darryl meets retired barrister Lawrence Hammill and they chat having pride in their children, and the case. Back in court, Darryl discovers they lost. With a heavy heart, Darryl must inform his friends.
Con and Tracey, returning from their honeymoon in Thailand, are collected at the airport. Back home, Con and Tracey recount all the fascinating aspects of the flight and the airline, and give out gifts from Thailand. The Kerrigans leave for Bonnie Doon the next day. While the boys go fishing, Tracey does Sal's hair and they chat about children, careers and changing times. That afternoon, Darryl admires his family, the Bonnie Doon's "serenity", and the smell of a two-stroke engine.
The Kerrigans receive a notice of "compulsory acquisition" of their family home. They soon discover that their elderly neighbours Farouk, a recent migrant from Lebanon, and Jack are being evicted too. Seeking explanation at the local council, Darryl argues that "compensation" isn't the question and decides to fight the eviction head on. Darryl turns to Dennis Denuto, an incompetent but friendly lawyer who has worked with the family previously. At home, Darryl continues to celebrate family achiev
Koiki 'Eddie' arrives home announcing he has quit the railroad. Bonita reminds him of his responsibility to his family and the difficulties of being an outspoken Indigenous person. Eddie reminds her of the injustices she faces every day and the satisfaction of resisting the status quo. Archival footage shows the beginning of the resistance, the government's response and instances segregation. Koiki 'Eddie' Mabo becomes a person of interest. Later, a university professor sees Eddie in the librar
The scene opens on the Murray Islands beach, Eddie is remembering his father's teachings on caring for his family: the fish, the land, the sea and the Murray Islander's cultural heritage. That night Eddie performs a traditional dance, signifying his journey towards adulthood, and steals a glance at a young girl. The next day, Eddie finds himself in trouble with the elders and is sent to the mainland. The use of Murray Islander music, Meriam language and customary traditions ground a sense of pla
Bonita and Koiki's son accidentally ingests some kerosene and they must take him to the town hospital. After their son is released, the young family must find somewhere to sleep for the night, awaiting the morning train. All the hotels refuse to let the young indigenous family hire a room. After work the next day, Eddie takes a small stand against the endemic racism Indigenous people face.
Diggity accidentally ingests poison and begins to die. Robyn makes a difficult decision to put Diggity out of her pain. The loss of her companion sends Robyn into a spiral, and she struggles to continue. Fearing for Robyn's safety, Rick accidentally gives way her location and a troop of journalists descends upon her camp. That evening, Rick asks after Diggity and the next day Robyn breakdown, heartbroken and seeking companionship.
The young woman falls in front of Winston, who helps her stand again. In his cubicle, Winston retrieves the notes she slipped into his sleeve. At home, Winston contemplates who she is. While fixing a water pipe for his neighbour, the son accuses Winston of being a thought criminal. At Victory Square, the young woman appears behind Winston and they covertly discuss their next meeting.
O'Brien questions Winston about his memory, his crimes and his sense of wrongdoing, while also subjecting him to painful torture. O'Brien instructs Winston to use discipline to control his mind, and come to terms with the logic of doublethink and the principles of the Party.
During trial, the defence objects to the argument that Meriam heritage runs deeper than British colonisation and Crown Land. The case begins to flounder. Speaking with senior counsel Ron Castan, they discuss Justice Moynihan's suggestion of a test case in the High Court to challenges the Declaratory Act 1985 and determines the legal rights of the Meriam people (Murray Islanders). Ron agrees they take Justice Moynihan's advice. At home Koiki 'Eddie' learns that Bonita has been receiving threats.
Eddie seeks financial aid to support his family while running the case against the Queensland government. Back home, the whole family watch a news segment about the case, the Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Bob Katter, appears speaking in opposition to the Mabo v Queensland legal action.
The quarantine is lifted, Victor prepares to return home and marry Elizabeth. Victor asks Henry to return home with them and work in his doctor's practice, but when Henry says yes he is reminded of his journal outlining the experiments. At the home Frankenstein has used for shelter, the landlord assaults the kindly grandfather for not paying rent. Frankenstein defends the old man and is welcome into the home. Blind, the grandfather takes Frankenstein at his deeds. The old man's son, worried, rus
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