documentary series

Trigger Point


TRIGGER POINT is a powerful two-part series examining the use of deadly force by police and the massive fallout that occurs when one human being takes the life of another in the course of doing their job.

Episode 1 focuses on an episode of violent social history in Australia – the 1980s and 90s when police in Victoria went to war against violent criminals. It features interviews with members who served in the Armed Robbery and Major Crime Squads during those years; they have never spoken publicly about the killings before.

Episode 2 documents the public and judicial response to the infamous Walsh Street killings, in which two young police constables were ambushed and gunned down in cold blood. The killings sparked changes to police operational training and dramatically reduced the number of police shootings. It also examines one of the most controversial police shootings in recent history, that of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy. For the first time, two of the officers who had fired on the teenager speak frankly about the events of that tragic day in 2008.

TRIGGER POINT is presented by journalist and author John Silvester, and co-produced and directed by Terry Carlyon

Terry Carlyon
Terry Carlyon, Robyn Miller, Chris Thorburn
Terry Carlyon
Prod Company:
DD&B Productions
2 x 1hr

"thoughtful and probing…” “Regardless of how one views the actions of police or the merits of them carrying guns, this documentary prompts one to reconsider”

Paul Kalina
The Age, 29 May 2014

"excellent two-part documentary examining the issue of police shootings in Victoria…Popular culture encourages us to believe that police officers are somehow superhuman, a special breed. One of the most powerful aspects of this story is the reminder that, like us, they are simply frail human beings.”

 Melinda Houston
Fairfax Newspapers, 1 June 2014