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1984, 29 Minutes.

A sensitive portrayal of a young office worker who alleges sexual abuse by her employer. She loses her job as a result of her claims.

This dramatised situation looks at the ways in which an employee can be victimised in an office environment without those around being aware of the situation. It pursues notions of truth such as legal truth, truth of experience and who possesses truth. It also studies sex and desire, not as an expression of love, but as a burden.

In this scenario, both the fellow workers and the boyfriend of the young girl fail to understand her situation, somehow blaming her for what happened. The investigator for the case has a difficult task in extracting evidence from people associated with the manager and is left with many unanswered questions.

A co-production of the Women's Film Unit at Film Australia. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Writer/Director: Jane Campion

Year: 1984

Running Time: 29 Minutes

Featured People: Danielle Pearse (Lorraine), Don Reid (John Philips), Anna Maria Monticelli (Sandra Adams), Russell Newman, Carole Skinner (Lorraine’s mother), Sky Carter, Veronica Lang (Mrs Philips), John Clayton, Sue Collie, Marjorie Child, Dim Antonios, Bronwyn Morgan (Sue), Kris Bidenko, Anne Merchant (Paula), Louise Le Nay, Arky Michael (boyfriend).

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Gender Studies; Human Rights; PDHPE; Legal Studies; Justice Studies.


Every Family’s Nightmare


SKU 198491700
Brand Film Australia

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