Exchange and divide

United Kingdom, 1980

Film
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Kenneth Carr, a young executive in a multinational company, is facing the prospect of divorce. The audience is invited to become involved with him and to participate in a story centred around his emotional and sexual life. This expectation is frustrated when Kenneth’s solicitor jumps out of his fictional role and, adopting the manner of a neutral, authoritative expert, invites the audience instead to absorb useful facts. These are mainly to do with family law and finance; the Carr’s marriage is treated as convenient case history. The solicitor’s account is supplemented by various images and by short interventions from people connected with the couple. These are introduced as if their purpose was illustrative but rather than reinforce his words, they begin to contradict them and to offer alternative interpretations. Through the couple, interest is focused on the complexities of a hierarchy determined both by class and sex.

Credits

director

Margaret Dickinson

producer

Donna Grey

production company

British Film Institute

Language

English

Duration

00:50:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

32372

Subject categories

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Great Britain - Social conditions

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Sexual ethics

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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