Dadah Is Death (1988)


Dadah Is Death (1988)

On 9th of November 1983 two Australians, Kevin Barlow and Geoff Chambers were arrested at Penang Airport in Malaysia carrying 179 grams of heroin, a crime which in Malaysia carries a mandatory sentence of death. Dadah Is Death (A Long Way From Home) is the true story of Barbara Barlow's desperate attempt to save her son from the hangman's rope - a courageous effort that involved impassioned pleas to President Reagan, The British Prime Minister, and even the Pope. By July 1986 this international struggle had seemed to reach a hopeless conclusion and all that was left was a mother's love for her son.
IMDb  7.2 /10
Director Jerry London
Writer Bill Kerby
Release Date1988-10-23
Runtime3h 0mins
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsNominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations.
CompanyHome Productions, Roadshow Coote & Carroll, Samuel Goldwyn Television
CountryAustralia, USA
Barbara Barlow
Geoffrey Chambers
Kevin Barlow
Robin Ramsay
Robin Ramsay
Wilf Barlow
Shapoor Batliwalla
Shapoor Batliwalla
David Bookalil
David Bookalil
Clive Carlin
Clive Carlin
Liddy Clark
Liddy Clark
Gilda Rickman
Robert Davis
Robert Davis
David West
Neela Dey
Neela Dey
Karpal Singh's Assistant

Dadah Is Death

Dadah Is Death is a 1988 Australian film based on the Barlow and Chambers execution in Malaysia in 1986.

It was a 2-part mini series running 2 hours per part.


  • Julie Christie ... Barbara Barlow
  • Hugo Weaving ... Geoffrey Chambers
  • John Polson ... Kevin Barlow
  • Mouche Phillips ... Michelle Barlow
  • Sarah Jessica Parker ... Rachel Goldman
  • Kerry Armstrong ... Shawn Burton
  • Robin Ramsay ... Wilf Barlow
  • Victor Banerjee ... Karpal Singh
  • Shapoor Batliwalla ... Nagendran
  • Guy Stone ... John
  • David Bookalil
  • David Bracks
  • Clive Carlin
  • Liddy Clark ... Gilda Rickman
  • Robert Davis ... David West
  • Neela Dey
  • David Field
  • Narian Singh ... Prison Superintendent

Other names

The film is also known as

  • Barlow and Chambers: A Long Way From Home
  • Deadly Decision