LOCAL DIRECTOR TURNS HIS PERSONAL STORY OF BAD LUCK INTO BIG SCREEN MAGIC
Mack Lindon had a one-night stand, was wrongly accused of rape and spent more than 500 days in a maximumsecurity prison.
He was finally released, exonerated of all charges, and has made a film about his experience, Rise, which opens on the Gold Coast this week.
“It’s a victory, you know what I mean,” he says.
“You want to share that victory and because you are able to walk through that against all odds you want to share that story.”
Lindon, who currently lives in Kingscliff, was in Melbourne on a night out in February 2006 and was accused of rape after having a one-night stand.
He was sentenced to six years’ jail but cleared after a lengthy legal battle.
Rise is about Lindon’s experience in prison, rather than focusing on his accuser.
“I want her not to be always looking over her shoulder and thinking that there is going to be revenge or anything like that,” he says.
“It’s important for true forgiveness to take place.”
Despite writing his accuser a letter of forgiveness from prison, he never had any contact from her, let alone an apology.
Lindon lost his career as a nurse and his application for compensation from the state was rejected.
“I guess that’s the lunacy of the whole thing ... is that you’ve got a piece of paper that says you’ve been found guilty and you do 19 months time and then you have a piece of paper saying you are not guilty, and there is no accountability,” he says.
“It’s fairly frustrating that sort of injustice.”
He said that while he formed friendships in prison, he wasn’t in contact with those people now.
“There is an unwritten code that if you see each other on the street you keep walking,” he says.
“It’s a completely different realm inside maximum security and you ... all move on with your life”
Lindon now has a wife, Emma, and two daughters, one aged two and another three months old.
He appears in several television commercials and is writing his next movie, which is a love story set in Australia about 80 years from now.
Rise stars Martin Sacks, Marty Rhone and Nathan Wilson. Rise opens at Kingscliff’s Cinemax Cinemas today.
Nathan Wilson (far right) as Mack Lindon in Rise, a film about a case of court injustice and imprisonment.