For Love or Money

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


For Love or Money is a rich, beautiful and tremendously rewarding film. It is a lively land eclectic compilation chronicle on the history of working class women, drawing on over 200 films produced in Australia between 1906 and 1983. The film has the quality of an endlessly fascinating family album, crammed with stories, impressions and documents mistakenly thought too small to remember.

For Love or Money is about women’s work, sexual segregation in industry, the use and abuse of women’s labor, stereotypes and the battle for equal pay. It juxtaposes clips from feature films, home movies, newsreels and documentaries with radio shows, diaries, popular songs, letters and interviews. What emerges is powerful, passionate and quite funny, a potent brew illuminating and critical of a long but silent history. At times, For Love or Money recalls and occasionally covers the same ground as Union Maids and Rosie The Riverter. But its scope, incisiveness and wit is all its own.

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