My mother Nancy

Australia, 2001

Film
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Episode of Series “Family foibles”.
Part of the “Family foibles” series of documentaries about five Australian families. Having had a traditional Italian Catholic immigrant upbringing in Sydney, marrying when her parents wanted her to and raising a family of three (including her daughter, Veronica, the director of this documentary), Nancy decides to break away from the traditional expectations of her marriage and, without consulting her husband, opens a cafe with a friend. Three years later, at age fifty, she is estranged from her sisters, who criticise her bid for independence and from her husband, who refuses to set foot in the cafe. While she still lives with, and cooks for her husband, they no longer talk to each other. Through a sensitive but persistent investigation of her mum’s predicament, Veronica unveils the guilt, anxiety, grief and regret, which pervade Nancy’s soul as she presses ahead with her business ambitions. She also unravels the tangle of generational, cultural and religious attitudes in which her diminutive but spirited mother is caught. A study guide is available from http://www.roninfilms.com.au/related/2365104851-0.pdf

Credits

production company

Flying Carpet Films

producer

Steve Thomas

Duration

00:27:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
2001

Appears in

Family foibles

Group of items

Family foibles

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

317818

Language

English

Audience classification

Exempt

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Italians - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Family - Social aspects

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

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children - Family relationships

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

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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