So young

Australia, 1990

Film
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Broadmeadows, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, is Australia’s largest public housing estate, with the largest concentration of single parent families in the country. The young mothers featured in this video all participate in the activities of the Broadmeadows Women’s House, a drop-in centre which provides child-care and peer support. For most of the women, who have been deserted by their partners and families, the centre provides an opportunity to regain confidence and self-esteem. The women discuss their struggles with abusive partners, a suspicious welfare system and a general community which treats single parents with prejudice and a lack of compassion. This excellent video explores the lives of teenage single mothers with clear-headed insight and on the women’s own terms.

Credits

production company

Open Channel Productions

producer

Lou Hibbard

Duration

00:26:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1990

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

325373

Language

English

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Poverty - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Single parents

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Teenage parents

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Teenage parents

History → Poverty - Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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