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FOR LOVE OR MONEY is a superbly crafted feature documentary which tells the story of women's working lives throughout Australia's history. It is a celebration of women's courage, resilience and humour. Drawing on over 200 films produced in Australia between 1906 and 1983, the film juxtaposes clips from feature films, home movies, newsreels and documentaries with radio shows, diaries, popular songs, letters and interviews. The film chronicles the extraordinary cycles of women's gains and losses as they are moved in and out of the workforce according to the demands of the time. It reveals how women's unpaid and voluntary work keeps an entire system running smoothly, in peacetime and in war. FOR LOVE OR MONEY is also a film about revolt. It shows how women have fought and organised for equality and wage justice for over a century. The film culminates in the 1980s, exploring the challenges that face women in the nuclear age. A film by Megan McMurchy, Margot Nash, Margot Oliver and Jeni Thornley

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Noni Hazlehurst (narrator)
Production Completion
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Production Company
Flashback Films
Australian Sales
Ronin Films
International Sales
Concord Media

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