The Clinic (2010 film)

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The Clinic
Directed by James Rabbitts
Produced by Samuel Pinczewski
Written by James Rabbitts
Cinematography Brad Shield
Edited by Ryan Boucher
The Little Film Company[1]
Release dates
  • 25 July 2010 (2010-07-25) (Melbourne)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Clinic is a 2010 Australian thriller film written and directed by James Rabbitts and was shot in Deniliquin, NSW, Australia. It is loosely inspired by true stories of infant abduction[not in citation given][2] and follows the stories of six women and their newborn babies.[3]


The Clinic is set in the year 1979 (six years prior to the advent of DNA testing). Young mother-to-be Beth is traveling cross country with her fiancé, Cameron. After a near accident on the road they stop at a motel in the small town of Montgomery. Cameron goes for a midnight stroll and comes back to find his fiancée missing. After a quick search Cameron calls the local police and asks the officer on duty to check the motel, as the owner has been behaving suspiciously towards Beth. Cameron attacks the motel owner out of frustration and is arrested.

Beth later wakes naked in a bath tub in a warehouse, and discovers her baby has been removed by C-section. The only clothing in the room is a white smock with the Roman numeral DCVIII on it. Alone and afraid for her child, she wanders outside of the facility where she is discovered by other women who have also been kidnapped and had their babies taken via C-section. Meanwhile, Cameron makes an attempt to save Beth by overpowering the policeman and traveling to the facility where Beth is being held. Beth wanders around before finding 3 other mothers who are in the same situation, wondering around the find 1 mother who appears dead but has her stomach ripped open, she wakes up to tell the mothers her child is blue which confuses the mothers. He drives over a spike strip on the road leading to the facility and has a fatal accident.

As the mothers search around one of them gets killed in the dark and her stomach is ripped open, when the girls find her they find a green tag inside her but they are unaware of what it means, they then continue to search for their children at the warehouses they discover that their babies are alive but locked in a row of crib cages. The babies are wearing colored tags that can only be matched to a colored clip sewn inside the mother's abdomen. The only way to match mother to child is to remove the tag from their abdomens but they cannot do it themselves as they would die from blood loss, but one of the captured women has decided to cut them out of all the other women rather than from herself. One by one, the women are picked off by the crazed mother until Beth catches her and fatally injures her. After holding the last mother until she dies, Beth goes off to find the dying mother. The dying mother tells her of a woman who told her the only way to find out which baby was hers was to kill five other women and remove the tags inside. Before she dies she threatens to drop the remaining tag down a hole so that Beth wouldn't know which is her children unless she promises to take care of her baby as well, she then dies, and Beth takes the tag from the last mother from her hand. Beth then uses the clips to deduce that her baby has the violet tag. She returns to find the babies have been removed from their cage cribs and is knocked out by a hidden assailant.

After regaining consciousness, she finds herself chained to the floor. She is confronted with the sight of a Russian couple inspecting her baby, it is revealed to Beth that the prospective parents receive their baby to adopt based on their mother's performance in the warehouse experiment, the winning mother has the strongest child and that is the one the parents adopt, it is also revealed that Beth wasn't originally in the group but a substitute for another mother who hadn't survived the c-section. As is customary, the adoptive father prepares to kill Beth. He is stopped suddenly by the adoption ring leader's son, Duncan, who is mentally handicapped but has remembered Beth's kindness to him, both him and the adoptive father shoot killing Duncan and the parents. The ring leader then takes the baby and runs. Beth frees herself and confronts the woman running the operation, only to discover that she herself was picked up as a baby from this facility by her adoptive parents. Beth takes her final revenge on the woman and escapes with her child. Months later, she visits the grave site of her biological mother (file XXVIII, Lydia Hayes) and makes her way to meet who she believes to be her biological father.



  1. ^ George, Sandy (8 November 2009). "The Little Film Company picks up Aussie genre pic". Screen Daily. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Deal, Lisa (22 February 2010). "The Clinic Press Notes" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (8 November 2009). "AFM '09: Little Film Company Selling 'The Clinic'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

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