Mum's the Word
TitleMum's the Word
DirectorCarole Kostanich
CountryAustralia
Year1982
Duration23mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionOccasions will arise when there simply isn't enough money to put dinner on the table at night. 'The man started to ask me a series of questions I regarded as quite extraordinary - essentially about my sex life.' Made by a single mother, Mum's. The Word looks at three single mothers, living on social security benefit or pensions, and explores how they maintain their families and survive - often below the 'poverty line'. These women raise fundamental questions about being a single parent, and about the Australian welfare system: departmental snooping/invasion of privacy; single parent/child relationships; sharing the parenting; where's the child care? and whose needs first - mine or the kids?