Mothering in the Freelance Film Industry: Case Studies in the Postproduction Film Industry in Melbourne, Australia

By Virginia S. Murray.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper examines the dynamic relationship between work and life through the experiences of three mothers seeking to realise careers in the freelance film industry in Melbourne, Australia. The women were part of a larger sample of postproduction workers who were surveyed on their responses to technological change in the postproduction freeelance film industry but were out of the industry having children during the first wave of technological change. The paper examines qualitative data from these women and later longitudinal data in order to understand the limits of equal opportunity in an uneven playing field.

Keywords: Women, Mothers, Freelance Film Industry, Equal Opportunities, Freelance Labour

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.73-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.815KB).

Dr Virginia S. Murray

Lecturer in Scriptwriting, School of Creative and Communication Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Virginia Murray worked for ten years in the Australian postproduction film industry working as a sound and picture editor. Duriing that time she wrote and directed several award-winning short films. She now works as a writer, script editor and teacher for Deakin University, Melbourne. Her interests include film and film theory as well as employment practices in film and other cultural industries.


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