The University of Sydney sits on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and we pay tribute to their ancient wisdom and traditions.

The Department of Media and Communications

John Woolley Building

University of Sydney

Camperdown 2006

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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.  


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