This woman is not a car
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
16mm film, colour, black and white, optical sound
duration: 00:23:00 min
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with assistance from the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1986
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Bernice Murphy, Australian Perspecta 1983, Sydney, 1983, 39 illus..