‘’ is a short film on the subject of forced adoption.
The film uses a montage of moving images, music and audio to look at the government
sanctioned practice of forced adoptions in Australia in the 1960s.
From the 1930’s to the 1980’s many children given up for adoption in Australia were done so
without the consent of the birth mother. Women were coerced into giving their children up for
adoption, many of these women were single mothers and were subject to societies stigma of
having a child born out of wedlock, receiving little emotional or financial support.
This was a practice enacted by State and Territory governments sometimes with the aid of
adoption agencies under a theory of ‘clean break’ and ‘closed adoption’. While it s unknown
exactly how many women were forced to give there babies up for adoption conservative
estimates are around 170,000. The effects of these forced adoptions have filtered down
through generations and affect many thousands more.
In 2011 a Senate enquiry into the practice called for submissions from those affected. The
enquiry received hundreds of submissions detailing personal accounts of coercion and
mistreatment. In March 2013 the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, delivered a national
apology to those affected by this practice.
This film aims to explore the ramifications of this practice through the juxtaposition of audio
from the apology with personal narrative, home movies and abstract images in an effort to
evoke the social context of the era and the emotional impacts experienced by women at this

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