Snakes and Ladders: A Film about Women, Education and History, exhibited as part of the Australia on Screen permanent online exhibition

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FitzSimons, Trish
Goldman, Mitzi
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2007
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Background: Like our own children's game, Chutes and Ladders, the story of women's education has always been one step forward, two steps back. In this creative documentary, a fictional woman detective acts as our guide to the history of women's education in Australia, one surprisingly like our own.
Contribution: Featuring interviews with ten women (including Anne Summers, the editor of MS. Magazine) aged sixteen to ninety-four, SNAKES AND LADDERS combines personal memories with historical detail, analyses and clever animated sequences to begin to fill in a missing story of women's determination and vision. Significance: A significant addition to curricula in Women's Studies, History and Education.

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Snakes and Ladders: A Film about Women, Education and History was a film completed in 1987 of which I was writer, producer and director, together with Mitzi Goldman. Originally it had cinema and festival release both in Australia and internationally and was broadcast in both Australia and the UK. In 2007 the Australian Film Commission, with special funding from the Australian Government, launched the Australia on Screen permanent online exhibition, at australianscreen.com.au/about/.

Since its original publication Snakes and Ladders has been in continuous distribution with Women Makes Movies New York at

https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/snakes-and-ladders/

Review by Barbara Abrash in The American Historical Review, Volume 97, Issue 4, October 1992, Pages 1150–1151 at

https://doi.org/10.1086/ahr/97.4.1150

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FitzSimons, T, Snakes and Ladders: A Film about Women, Education and History, exhibited as part of the Australia on Screen permanent online exhibition, 2007

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