Parragirls Past, Present – unlocking memories of institutional ‘care’

Parragirls Past, Present is a deeply moving immersive experience presenting former residents’ contemporary visions of Parramatta Girls Home, a punitive Australian child welfare institution closed in 1974. Unlocking contested memories of institutional ‘care’, this collaboration with media artists and Parragirls rewrites the history of Parramatta Girls Home. Over a century, children at risk held at this site were subjected to unwarranted punishment and abuse. Returning after 40 years, Parragirls seek out traces to substantiate what really happened here, moving through fear and futile confinement to resistance and solidarity.

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Directors:  Media artists & Parragirls, Parragirls
Executive Producer:  Jill Bennett
Producer:  Lily HIbberd, Bonney Djuric
Screenwriter: Bonney Djuric, Lily Hibberd, Jenny McNally
Cinematographer: Volker Kuchelmeister
Editor: Volker Kuchelmeister, Alex Davies, Lily Hibberd
Production Designer: Volker Kuchelmeister
Sound Designer: Alex Davies
Music: Alex Davies
Principal Cast: Bonney Djuric, Gypsie Hayes, Denise Nicholas, Jenny McNally, Lynne Edmondson Paskovski


Public Film Contact
Alex Davies
University of New South Wales
+61 (2) 893 60636
Publicity Contact
Alex Davies
+61 (2) 893 60636
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year:  2017
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre:  Documentary, Experimental, History
Screening in: Virtual Cinema
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: Australia
Language: English
Runtime: 23:05 mins