Serious Undertakings
TitleSerious Undertakings
DirectorHelen Grace, Erika Addis
CountryAustralia
Year1983
Duration28mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionThe film explores montage techniques with playful complex effects. The collision of images of child care and terror is stunningly effective: a pram is used as the device which stops the industrialist's car to enable the kidnap; the pram recurs in the famous scene from Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN where it goes careering down the Odessa Steps, and is pulled laboriously back up by a contemporary mother in a modern city. In spite of the desire to 'see ourselves as we really are' there is no single identity to be discovered, only the risk of a dangerous nationalism, forever looking inwards. SERIOUS UNDERTAKINGS takes up these themes of culture, language and politics in a questioning and innovative way.