Film screening: Girl in a mirror
A documentary portrait of Australian photographer Carol Jerrems
Whether she was confronting the repressive mores of the time, placing herself in peril for the sake of a shoot, or staring down her own mortality, photographer Carol Jerrems was all nerve. This film’s story begins in 1971, deftly interweaving Jerrems’ photographs with recollections from friends and colleagues to create a striking and intimate evocation of the turbulent 70s as seen from bohemian Melbourne and Sydney.
Directed by Kathy Drayton and produced by Helen Bowden, Girl in a mirror was awarded Best Documentary and the Rouben Mamoulian Award at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards, and Switzerland’s Rose D’Or for Best Arts Documentary.
Part of a quarterly series of Australian documentary screenings presented by the Gallery and the Documentary Australia Foundation. Each film takes inspiration from a Gallery exhibition; Girl in a mirror is presented in association with the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.
Image: Carol Jerrems Vale Street 1975 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ken and Lance Jerrems