Boys and girls

Canada, 1983

Film
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Set in the 1940’s on a fox farm, this film explores the critical period in a young girl’s life when she first realises the existence and implications of traditional role stereotyping. At thirteen, Margaret enjoys helping her father with the outdoor labour, but she soon realises that her parents consider her help necessary only until their son is old enough to take over. When her attempts to express her feelings fail and she sees the favoured treatment of her younger brother she rebels and lets loose a rogue mare destined for slaughter. Provides a valuable study of the subtle ways in which sex role stereotyping can occur. Based on a story by Alice Munro. Suitable for secondary school level.

Credits

production company

Atlantis Productions

co-producer

Janice Platt

Seaton McLean

Michael Macmillan

Duration

00:25:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

016453

Language

English

Subject categories

Adaptations

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Adolescence

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Adolescence

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Gender roles in children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Stereotype (Psychology)

Literature → Children's literature - Film and video adaptations

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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