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Synopsis

Wild Butterfly is true crime documentary that follows the tragic story of 24 year-old Claire Murray and her desperate search for a life- saving liver transplant that became a trial by national media.

Depicted as an ungrateful junkie who recklessly destroyed her first transplant, Wild Butterfly investigates the true story behind the events that lead to Claire’s death in 2010 including new criminal evidence.

Catholic institutional cover-up, medical negligence, missing police records, and trial by mainstream and social media, are all at play in this heartbreaking and gripping documentary. This is not just the tragic story of one young woman and her family – this story opens our eyes to the impacts of universal social injustices and prejudices, that could befall any family and anybody’s daughter.

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Shireen Narayanan

Producers

Shireen Narayanan

Celia Tait

Executive Producers

Shireen Narayanan

Celia Tait

Key Cast

Ashleigh Zinko

Rose Mckenna

Daniel Luxton

Distributor

FanForce Films (INT)

Key Locations

Perth

Key WA Crew

Director of Photography

Michael McDermott

Editor

Lawrie Silvestrin

Production Designer

Lawrie Cullen-Tait

Composer

Michael Westlake

Sound Design

Ric Curtin

A careful process

This film has had a very slow 9-year incubation

– not least because it required painstaking research to put it together. Claire’s medical records were accessed through Freedom of Information. It took many years to obtain her school records. Writer/ Director Shireen Narayanan’s clinical background gave her an in-depth understanding of the information she uncovered. This informed the script.

Photo credit Sabine Albers
Murray family with Shireen, Val and Carolynn
Photo credit Sabine Albers
Executive Producer, Writer and Director Shireen Naranayan

About the Director

Wild Butterfly is Shireen’s first feature and first foray into writing and directing drama.

Her psycho-therapeutic background brings a unique lens to the exploration of the complex emotional dimensions of Claire and her family’s universe; as well as the family’s heartbreaking and confronting journey amidst the dark shadow of sexual violence, drug dependence and stigma.

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