Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A TEST OF LOVE

Year: 1983
Country: Australia
Run Time: 93 minutes

Based on a true story of incredible courage and determination, A TEST OF LOVE is deeply affecting. 13-year-olf Annie's (Tina Arhondis) cerebral palsy has left her unable to speak or control her movements. Confined since the age of 3 in a state hospital, she is assumed to be severly retarded and forced to lead a vegetable-like existence - until Jessica (Angela Punch McGregor), a dedicated new teacher, helps her communicate via an alphabet board. Challenged by unbending medical and legal authorities who are unconvinced of Annie's intelligence, Jessica's battle to win Annie's release seems unsurmountable. Annie's amazing progress as she and her teacher beat the odds is exhilerating and emotionally satisfying beyond description.

Screenplay
Chris Borthwick, John Patterson (based on the true story "Annie's Coming Out" by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald)

Producer
Don Murray

Cinematography
Mick Von Bornemann

Editing
Lindsay Frazer

Principal Cast
Angela Punch McGregor, Drew Forsythe, Tina Arhondis, Monica Maughan

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