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Isaac, Janet

Occupation
Director and Scriptwriter

Summary

Janet Isaac is one of Australia's earlier female indigenous directors who helped pave the way for indigenous film in Australian.

In 1976, Isaac produced the short documentary Do I Have to Kill My Child? The documentary provided a stark portrayal of a young mother suffering from depression after the birth of her third unwanted child. The lack of assistance for women and mothers suffering mental illness resulted in the child being taken to hospital with a suspicious fractured skull.

Isaac's following film, Sister if Only You Knew (c.1981), raised social and moral questions about the role of Aboriginal women in today's society. The film follows the lives of four Aboriginal women and their role in the movement for equal opportunities for urban Aboriginals.

Sources used to compile this entry: Sister If You Only Knew, 1981, 781336; National Film and Sound Archive.

Archival resources

National Film and Sound Archive

  • Do I Have To Kill My Child, 1976, 15358; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • Footage, 1975, 64637; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • Looking After Ourselves, 1976, 8961; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • Sister If You Only Knew, 1981, 781336; National Film and Sound Archive. Details

Hollie Aerts

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