Easy Marks

Lila Pine

1990, 60:00 minutes, colour, English


Easy Marks features eight young people who left home at an early age. They tell their stories in the first person. The video combines intimate interviews and dramatic scenes written and enacted by the young people themselves. They talk about emotional, sexual and physical abuse, systemic neglect and a desire for independence. They talk about their struggle for survival on the streets, their encounters with social workers and the police. They talk about welfare and prison. Finally they talk about their hopes and dreams.
This documentary both empowers and gives voice to an ever increasing segment of young people who find themselves disenfranchised by the dominant culture. The result is a very powerful insight into the lives and struggles of an all too often ignored sector of our society. Their poignant stories and perceptive analysis leaves us with a sense of hope for them and for the future. They themselves point towards the need for radical changes and the way they see those changes taking place.

The original music was composed by one of the young people featured in the video.

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Critical Writing

Fine local product deserves new and improved exhibition: Best of 1990
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Jan. 3, 1990, v. 10, no. 17.