Point of departure

Australia, 1988

Film

This compelling and sensitive dramatic portrayal of writer and political activist Jean Devanney provides an interesting view of Australia between the wars and the roles of the new literary scene during that period. The film dramatises sequences which examine Devanney’s important friendships with other women writers, notably Miles Franklin, Susannah Pritchard and Marjorie Barnard. A rebellious woman, Devanney was unable to resolve her conflicting roles of mother, writer and communist party member. She wrote political novels while also publishing “pot boilers” to support her family. Her first book “The Butcher’s Shop” with its theme of women’s rights to sexual and economic freedom was banned in New Zealand.

Credits

co-producer

Wayne Groom

Kathryn Millard

Duration

00:47:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35459

Language

English

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Communism

Literature → Australian literature

Literature → Women authors

People → Devanney, Jean

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

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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