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Can it Hurt Less? [Video]
  • D. Blackall, University of Wollongong
Can It Hurt Less? is a 26 minute long documentary film about juvenile justice alternatives to the court system in New South Wales, Australia, through family conferencing. This process can deal with minor offences instead of the other process via the courts which can often lead to criminal records. The film presents case studies and interviews with police and criminologists who are also involved in the family conferencing process. It contains lively sections of animation designed to illustrate difficult legal concepts with the view of making these accessible to younger people - the focus of the film.
Publication Date
January 1, 1992

This 26 minute documentary film was released in 1992. It was written, produced, directed and filmed by Dr. David Blackall in association with the Australian Film Commission, the Law Foundation of New South Wales, the University of Wollongong and SBS Television. Copyright David Blackall 1992. Further information about the film is available at the Australian Film Commission web site here. A biography of the director Dr. David Blackall is available here.

A YouTube version of the film is available from the Download button above. For further information please contact the author Dr. David Blackall, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong.

Citation Information
D. Blackall. "Can it Hurt Less? [Video]" (1992)
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