Conference attendees are invited to a free, exclusive preview screening of the new Australian film Wild Butterfly, followed by a Q&A with director Shireen Narayanan, hosted by Peter Greste. Attendance is by registration, all attendees will receive a password. A panel discussing the reporting of trauma and the film will be held the following day.
Wild Butterfly is the untold story of Claire Murray, whose desperate search for a life-saving second liver transplant was turned into a trial by national media. Claire had become addicted to drugs as a result of the emotional trauma she suffered from an horrific crime that remains unsolved. The widespread coverage demonised Clare, by presenting her as an ungrateful junkie who recklessly destroyed her first transplant by relapsing into drug use. The film raises issues about the multiple causes and manifestations of trauma, and systemic mismanagement which included the failure of the medical establishment and the media to look holistically at the problem.