Amy!

United Kingdom, 1980

Film
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Part newsreel and part biography, this film takes as its subject, the life story of the legendary aviatrix Amy Johnson who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Mulvey and Wollen pursue their concern, developing radical strategies through a sustained discussion, by a women’s group, of what the “heroic” image means to women including questions of feminism and representation. A commentary on ‘philovatism’ (the desire for thrills) seeks to explain Johnson’s exploits in psychoanalytic terms. Suitable for middle and upper secondary levels.

Credits

production company

Modelmark

producer

Laura Mulvey

co-director

Laura Mulvey

Peter Wollen

Duration

00:33:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1980

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

014948

Language

English

Subject categories

Biographical

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Aeronautics

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Analysis (Philosophy)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Feminism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Forums (Discussion and debate)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Meaning (Philosophy)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Analysis (Philosophy)

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Forums (Discussion and debate)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Analysis (Philosophy)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Analysis (Philosophy)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Psychoanalysis

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Women

History → Biography

History → History

History → Women - History

People → Biography

People → Johnson, Amy, 1903-1941

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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