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I would love to work with great di­rec­tors on big films

some­thing of a cul­ture shock.

‘‘ Film­ing in a third world vil­lage and then go­ing home to a re­sort — things you wouldn’t pick as be­ing con­fronting are con­fronting,’’ she says.

The 10-part se­ries will be a good call­ing card for Hol­ly­wood, but Der­mody won’t be watch­ing. She hates look­ing at her­self on tele­vi­sion.

‘‘ It’s like hear­ing your voice on mes­sage bank— it’s dev­as­tat­ing,’’ she says.

On Sun­day you can catch Der­mody as abor­tion law re­form cam­paigner Jo Wainer in Dan­ger­ous Rem­edy. The tele­movie tells how Jo and Ber­tram Wainer (Jeremy Sims) risked their lives to change the law and ex­pose the cor­rup­tion in­ter­twined with the back­yard abor­tion in­dus­try in Mel­bourne in the 1960s.

Der­mody was able to meet the real Jo Wainer.

‘‘ She’s got such a di­rect, rounded, earthy pres­ence, and she’s just un­fal­ter­ing,’’ she says. ‘‘ I hope I cap­tured some of her spirit.’’

Pro­ducer Ned Lan­der’s daugh­ter Ruby told Der­mody he had wanted to drama­tise the story for decades.

‘‘ She’s prob­a­bly 23 and said that her whole life she’d known about this story and they’d talked about it over din­ner and met up with Jo. It had be­come part of their fam­ily mythol­ogy,’’ she says.

And it’s an im­por­tant story to tell. ‘‘ It’s a nice re­minder to know what was fought for to have such lib­erty now.’’ Dan­ger­ous Rem­edy, ABC1, Sun­day, 8.30pm

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