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The Family

1h 38m Documentary 2016

Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional - and incredibly dangerous. Convinced she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, Hamilton-Byrne headed an apocalyptic sect called The Family, based in Melbourne from the early 1960s, but with international reach. With her husband Bill, she ‘acquired’ numerous children and raised them as her own. Taught that Hamilton-Byrne was both their mother and the messiah, the children were eventually rescued during a police raid in 1987, but their trauma had only just begun.

With survivors and cult members telling their stories alongside the Australian and international detectives who worked the case, this confronting feature documentary exposes not just what happened within the still-operating sect but also within the community that allowed The Family to flourish.

Cast

Lex De Man

Director

Rosie Jones

Writer

Rosie Jones

Producer

Anna Grieve

Producer

Rosie Jones

Language

English

Country

Australia

Studio

Label

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