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Redfern Now: Promise Me

Thu, April 09, 2015 (ABC)
Ratings: 455,800 viewers
Produced by Blackfella Films
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Erica Glynn
Producers: Darren Dale and Miranda Dear
Directed by Rachel Perkins
Written by Steven McGregor

After a night out on the town, three Aboriginal girls fail to hail down a taxi and are forced to walk home.

After parting with her friends, Robyn Davis (Rarriwuy Hick) decides to take a shortcut and is attacked and sexually assaulted. Initially she tries to hide it from her father, Aaron Davis (Wayne Blair), but reluctantly tells him after swearing him to secrecy. A father rst and a policeman second, he goes against his better judgment and agrees to keep her secret, not knowing his decision will jeopardise his relationship with girlfriend Allie (Lisa Flanagan).

A few weeks later, Lorraine Blake (Deborah Mailman) is taking the same short cut on her way home from a cleaning job, when she too is attacked. Older and stronger than Robyn, she puts up a ght, and even manages to get her attacker's mobile which she uses to call the police when he ees. One of the cops who arrives at the scene is Robyn's father Aaron, who realises it's close to where Robyn was attacked. And now it's his friend Lorraine. He's devastated. Robyn is distraught, and now too ashamed to speak up, knowing that if she'd reported the rape at the time this wouldn't have happened.

With the suspect (Anthony Hayes) apprehended, and the court case approaching, Lorraine is con dent he'll get what's coming to him. Lorraine's testimony has a big impact on Robyn, Aaron and the jury. But in cross-examination, the defence lawyer (Daniella Farinacci) brings up Lorraine's past in an e ort to undermine her credibility. Meanwhile, Lorraine has twigged that Robyn's acute interest in the trial means she too has been raped. Robyn admits it, but lies about when it occurred.

When he's called to the dock, the accused, Daryl, is very convincing, and the case against him starts to look shaky. But Lorraine has been watching Robyn's reaction during his evidence, and realizes that Daryl is the man who attacked her as well.

Unable to bear the fact that she's not had the courage to speak up, Robyn runs from the court just as the jury is sent out to consider their verdict.


  • Deborah Mailman as Lorraine Blake
  • Wayne Blair as Constable Aaron Davis
  • Rarriwuy Hick as Robyn
  • Lisa Flanagan as Allie
  • Anthony Hayes as Daryl Hopkins
  • Naomi Bowley as Jade
  • Dane Carson as Prosecutor
  • Daniela Farinacci as Defence Lawyer
  • Richard Green as Nathan
  • Kim Knuckey as Judge Young
  • Genevieve Lemon as Dr Linda
  • Tiriel Mora as Snr Constable Browning
  • Kirk Page as Peter
  • Kelton Pell as Raymond
  • Di Smith as Doctor
  • Shameer Birges as David
  • Alfie Coolwell as Country
  • Jesse Guivarra as Tyra's Boyfriend
  • Adam Hatz as Cab Driver
  • Dean Kyrwood as Detective Stevens
  • Sarah McItwraith as Anna Hopkins
  • Arana Mundine as Donna
  • Jenny Munro as Aunty Jill
  • Melissa Roberts as Tyra
  • Maurial Spearim as Toni
  • Troy Williams as Local