The Lead dress

Australia, 1985

Film
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A beautiful, gothic film about a mother so desperate to keep her daughter at home that she sews her a lead dress which impedes her movement. Shot in black and white without dialogue, the film uses a form of pixillation which, when combined with slow-motion performance, gives the effect of its characters moving in a slow and jerky fashion while cars and people in the background flash past at high speed.

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Credits

producer/director

Virginia Murray

Duration

00:09:18:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1985

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324716

Language

English

Audience classification

Exempt

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Adolescence

Experimental

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Adolescence

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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