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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