Snakes and ladders

Australia, 1987

Film
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An experimental documentary which looks at the history of women and their education through a series of film clips, old footage, animation and interviews. Sophia Whist is a character on a journey of enquiry. She discovers an old book in the public library which comes alive. In its pages she meets ten women between the ages of 16 and 94, who talk about their education. Their stories are about wanting an education, wanting more from their education, fighting to extend their options, and demanding to be taught material that incorporates the experience of women. They reveal how women’s achievements in one generation are often hidden in the next making it difficult for women to draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience of their predecessors. Cast: Robin Laurie.

Credits

co-producers/directors

Trish FitzSimons

Mitzi Goldman

production company

Wisteria Films

Language

English

Duration

00:56:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34624

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Feminism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Women - Education

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Women in education

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women

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

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

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