The Resource Gone to a Good Home

Gone to a Good Home

Label
Gone to a Good Home
Title
Gone to a Good Home
Contributor
Subject
Summary
In 1967, Lily was nearly 17, two months pregnant and living happily with her boyfriend Steve when police arrested her, declaring she was in moral danger. Despite having parental permission to marry, the couple were kept apart and Lily was confined in a Catholic girls home until the baby was born. Alone and confused, she was manipulated into signing adoption papers. Almost 30 years later, her life is still defined by that event. "I don't think I'll ever get over it. It was the theft of my child." Lily's story is not unique. For three decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Australian authorities pressured many unmarried mothers to give up their babies for adoption into what they considered "better" homes - those of married couples. At a time when society had no place for single mothers and their illegitimate children, these women were unaware of their legal rights. Sometimes they were coerced, even drugged, and their babies literally stolen. Despite arguments that the practice was well-intentioned, for the individuals involved the ongoing impact has been devastating. This documentary explores the experiences of these women and their efforts to contact their children and gain recognition for past wrongs, while revealing the dramatic change in social values that has since occurred. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Big Island Pictures. Produced in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and SBS Independent. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Pacific Film and Television Commission. Executive Producer: Mark Hamlyn Producer: Mark Chapman Director: Karen Berkman Writer: Heather Phillips (original script and concept) DOP/Cinematographer: Craig Lucas Narrator/Presenter: Monette Lee Smith Featured People: Lily Johnson, Steve Benko, Dian Wellfare, Wendy Jacobs, Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, Patricia Large
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2006
Language note
In English
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Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
51
Technique
live action
Label
Gone to a Good Home
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1118180
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)921959220
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1118180
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Gone to a Good Home
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1118180
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)921959220
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1118180
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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