FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
BREAD AND DRIPPING (1981)
16 minute documentary from Wimmins Films
Film by Vic Smith, Margot Nash, Elizabeth Schaffer, Donna Foster and Wendy Brady
Made in 1981 this classic of Australian cinema was restored from original 16mm film materials in 2020.
In BREAD AND DRIPPING, four women recount their lives during the bleak years of the economic depression of the 1930s. Tibby Whalan, Eileen Pittman, Beryl Armstrong and Mary Wright describe their struggles to survive and maintain families when faced with widespread unemployment, evictions and hardship.
The film makes extensive use of archival footage and photographs from the 1930s to present a fascinating insight into the lives of women in Australia. The title, Bread and Dripping, refers to a meal of leftover fat soaked in bread and eaten when no other food is available.
2020 LA PEROUSE MUSEUM exhibition on Happy Valley in the Depression
2009 SEEN AND HEARD Women's Film Festival, Sydney
1991 CINEMA DU REEL International Festival of Documentary Film. Paris
1988 SBS Australia
1987 State Film Centre, Victoria
1986 State Film Centre, Hobart
1985 Chauvel Cinema, Sydney
1983 TYNESIDE Film Festival ,UK
1982 WELLINGTON International Film Festival, new Zealand
1982 MELBOURNE International Film Festival
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Bread and Dripping is a useful resource for schools, libraries, universities
and TAFE and anyone interested in the study of Australian history, labour
history, oral history or women's history. Bread and Dripping is featured on
the Australian Screen website as part of a feature on the Great Depression.
Education notes are available for free at: