Lilian's Story

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Lilian's Story ★★½ 1995

Aging Lilian (Cracknell) has just been released after spending 40 years in a mental institution, placed there as an adolescent by her controlling, possessive father. The haunted Lilian is given a room at a residential hotel in Sydney's red-light district where the local prostitutes look out for her and she spends her days wandering the streets. Flashbacks reveal what lead the highstrung young Lilian (Collette) to her incarceration. Based on Kate Greville's 1984 novel, which was a fictional account of real-life Sydney eccentric Bea Miles. 94m/C VHS, DVD . AU Ruth Cracknell, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, John Flaus, Essie Davis, Susie Lindemann, Anne Louise Lambert, Iris Shand; D: Jerzy Domaradzki; W: Steve Wright; C: Slawomir Idziak; M: Cezary Skubiszewski. Australian Film Inst. ‘95: Support. Actress (Collette).