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Year: 1981

Classification: G

Runtime: 54 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Chris Noonan

Produced By: Jane Hanckel, Richard Mordaunt

Language: English

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From Chris Noonan, director of BABE, one of the most honoured and distinguished documentaries in Australian film history.

In November 1979, forty extraordinary people took to the stage. Labelled by society as mentally handicapped, isolated and hidden away in institutions since early childhood, they came to the Sydney Opera House and gave a performance that held audiences spellbound. This film tells the joyous story of that event.

"Technically excellent and brilliantly edited down from the 15 hours of film shot ... a mini masterpiece. Some who have watched the triumphant finale several times continue to be shaken each time by the experience." - Variety, New York

"STEPPING OUT is an inspired, uplifting record of the performance, and the people who prepared it and feature in it." - John Lapsley, The Sun Herald.

"It comes as a shock to see a new film that leaves one astonished and changed. A film that opens your mind so vigorously that you feel dazed ... Chris Noonan's STEPPING OUT changed my mind about the human mind. It is destined to be acclaimed around the world." - Phillip Adams, The Bulletin.

  • Best Documentary,  Australian Film Awards
  • Grand Prix, MIFED  Festival,  Milan
  • Jury Prize, Oberhausen Film Festival, West Germany
  • Best Documentary, Australian Television Logie Awards
  • Best Documentary, Festikon, Amsterdam
  • Bronze Award, New York International Film & TV Festival
  • First Prize, Sixth Dance Film Festival, New York


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