One of the year’s most eagerly awaited films from Australia, <i>A Street to Die</i> is based on the true story of one man’s battle to win the first compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. Chris Hayward turns in a low-key tour-de-force performance as Col Turner, a Vietnam vet who first discovers his cancer and its eventual link to the dioxin, Agent Orange. The bureaucracy blocks him at every turn, refusing his claim, and not acknowledging the source of his illness. He perseveres, losing neither his laconic sense of humor nor his pain and anger. His wife (Jennifer Cluff), continues to gather evidence and medical opinion even after Turner’s death.
<i>A Street to Die</i> is a modest film, without surprises or revelations. Yet it is precisely this modesty that gives the film its power and integrity, the anguish of ordinary people caught up in a nightmare of disbelief. Haywood’s performance as Col Was rewarded with the Australian Film Institutes Best Actor Award for 1985.
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