To be a Woman – Kelly Arthurs & Petra Evans

We made a moving image surrounding the thoughts of a young woman in 2020. We created a film focused on the life of Jennifer and her relationship with womanhood. Filming her around the house, doing daily activities, as well as…

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We made a moving image surrounding the thoughts of a young woman in 2020. We created a film focused on the life of Jennifer and her relationship with womanhood.

Filming her around the house, doing daily activities, as well as her in her with her music. We included one of her role models in a short montage. Nothing was staged, it was all-natural.

Jennifer talks about living in the time her father grew up in, we included some of his personal recordings. They include Michael, her father living his life in Wellington, Miramar. They were included to enforce the idea of womanhood and how it has changed over time.

Jennifer collects records and studies music of the decades and we wanted to highlight the idea of her growing up in that time and how it would not have been all about the music as a woman. She is inspiring to listen to when she gets so passionate about music.

The style of filming is reflective of lockdown, fairly relaxed and just a canon 80d and microphone- snowball. We wanted to reference the style of filming from Michael’s film reels, very bitsy, just getting the moments.

We used scripted voice recordings to gain knowledge about Jennifer and her relationship with womanhood.

We watched an array of short films and documentaries such as the ground we won, stories we tell, Man with a movie camera And various short films on youtube such as ‘do what you can’t’ by Casey Neistat,’Thanks I threw it on’ by Arden rose and many more clips with a similar style that we were drawn too. Watching ‘Stories we Tell’ inspired us to look into old footage and how merging the now and past can create narrative. We took inspiration, filming techniques, and ideas from all the clips we watched to help us create our own work.

The mode of documentary we believe our film is under is observational- the filmmaker is removed from the equation of the making process and the subject matter is the entire film. It is an insight into the life of her, not about her in front of the camera.

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