Casting Off

Jane Northey

1983, 11:00 minutes, colour, English


Casting Off describes the struggle of a young woman to conform. It illustrates how young women can acquire gender identities through role models, and social structures such as families. As the woman tells about her mother, grandmother, father, friends, job and school we learn how she has been led to follow her models. Just as she becomes frustrated with her tangle of knitting, she begins to realize she has been fooled. Her models are not what they seem to be.

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