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Margaret Dodd

(Australia 1941 – )

This woman is not a car
Media categories
Time-based media, Film
Materials used
16mm, colour and black and white, optical sound, 23 min
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with assistance from the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1986
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

A mother, isolated in an outer Adelaide suburb drives a station wagon full of children to a distant beach. Imagination and reality fuse. Her sense of herself is assaulted by car-fetishists in a rural service station. Memory, fear and fantasy are interwoven as the film takes Woman’s assigned role in the ‘Australian Dream’ to its absurd conclusion.

Script/Direction: Margaret Dodd
Actors: Pauline Sedgewick (as the Mother) and Phil Colson (as the Mechanic)
Cinematography: John Foster and David Foreman
Editing: Tim Burns, Margaret Dodd and Sarah Gibson
Post production: Sara Bennett
Ceramic models: Margaret Dodd
Music: Throbbing Gristle, Brian Eno, Pelaco Bros. and Fabulous Nudes

Bibliography (1)

Bernice Murphy, Australian Perspecta 1983, Sydney, 1983, 39 illus..

Exhibition history (2)

Australian Perspecta 1983, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 May 1983–26 Jun 1983

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995