Sunday, February 11, 2018

Intertextuality 'To The Other Shore' & 'Island Home Country'

 In To the Other Shore (1996), an intimate meditation about motherhood, psychotherapy, family and society, I used my Super8 home movies to express the fragility of a mother's mind with a new baby, juxtaposed with excerpts from feature films and documentaries, including Eva Braun's Home Movies, Woman of the Dunes, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and The Letters of Sylvia Plath. 

Anne Tenney as The Mother in To The Other Shore; pic Sandy Edwards
In Island Home Country (2008) I use my super8 footage intertextually to tell a post-colonising story of white settler instability in Tasmania in the face of Aboriginal sovereignty and their deep history on the island. Super8 footage of significant sites such as  Cape Barren Island, The Freud Museum (London), Anzac Day and the Port Arthur Historic Convict Site are interwoven with stories from community members and family. 

Port Arthur Historic Convict Site, Tasmania, Super8 screen shot

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