BREAD AND DRIPPING (1981)


16 minute documentary from Wimmins Films

Film by Vic Smith, Margot Nash, Elizabeth Schaffer, Donna Foster and Wendy Brady

 

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.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

2020 LA PEROUSE MUSEUM 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

 

TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE FILM

Contact: Ronin Films 

orders@roninfilms.com.au or 02 6248 0851

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:

http://www.australianscreen.com.au/titles/bread-and-dripping/

WATCH CLIPS FROM THE FILM

Watch the trailer 

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