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The Screen Guide

Today we are more concerned about children and more confused about childhood than ever before. But many of our ideas about childhood are based on myths. In this provocative three-part series children and adults from the USA, Australia and the UK talk about their own experiences. Home movies, photographs and scenes from TV and cinema show the childhood we imagine. Best selling authors like Penelope Leach, Thomas Moore, Martin Seligman and Marina Warner discuss changing ideas about childhood and the raising of children. MYTHS OF CHILDHOOD confronts the idea that children are innocent, asks why we blame childhood for adult unhappiness and questions the ambitions of parents who strive to be perfect.

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Crew

Director
Sarah Gibson
Writers
Sarah Gibson
Producer
Anna Grieve
Executive Producers
Sharon Connolly

Cast

Wendy Hughes (Narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
1997
Genre
Social contemporary
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • New York Festivals
    (1998)
  • National Educational Media Network
    (1998)