Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines


To vaccinate, or not? What would you do to protect the ones you love?

Presented by Screen Australia and SBS Australia in association with Film Victoria

Duration: 1 x 90 minutes
Released: 2013

Writer, Director, Producer: Sonya Pemberton
Director Of Photography: Harry Panagiotidis
Editor: Mark Atkin
Music: Peter Dasent
Design: 21-19
Executive Producers: Michael Cordell, Nick Murray & Sonya Pemberton

Diseases that were largely eradicated forty years ago are returning. Across the world children are getting sick and dying from preventable conditions because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots.  And it’s not just kids: adults, too, are being hard hit.  Yet the stories of vaccine reactions are frightening, with rare cases of people being damaged, even killed, by vaccines.  How do we decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the real risks?

Jabbed, made by 2012 Emmy Award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, travels the globe to look at the real science behind vaccinations, tracks real epidemics, and investigates the real cost of opting out. Talking with vaccine-makers, alternative healers, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, the film posing the potent question: what would you do to protect the ones you love? Two years in the making Jabbed will confound your expectations, whatever your position on the most important and divisive public health question of the decade.