Experimental feminist drama. A musical adventure about two women searching for information. One of the women works in a bank and is investigating the nature of money and gold and their relation to imperialism. The other woman is the daughter of a gold rush entertainer, chasing her own memories. Their quests increasingly converge. –BFI
Sally Potter (b. 19 September 1949 in London) is an English film director and screenwriter.
Having left school at sixteen to become a filmmaker, Sally Potter joined the London Film-Makers’ Co-op and started making experimental short films. She later trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance, before founding Limited Dance Company with Jacky Lansley.
Potter went on to become an award winning performance artist and theatre director, with shows including MOUNTING, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and BERLIN. In addition, she was a member of several music bands (including FIG and The Film Music Orchestra) working as a lyricist and singer. She collaborated (as a singer-songwriter) with composer Lindsay Cooper on the song cycle OH MOSCOW which was performed throughout Europe, Russia and North America. Her music work continued later when she co-composed with David Motion the soundtrack to ORLANDO, and produced the score for THE TANGO LESSON. Her most… read more
Fascinating first feature from Potter that established the themes and visually affecting images that would come into play in subsequent features. The script like the visual flair is experimental playing with historical cinematic imagery, the avant-garde, feminism, dance, gender roles and imperialism.Though not successful on release time has been kind to the film and its look and themes are now better appreciated.
Lindsay Cooper's score might be my favourite part of this film, and is definitely worth noting. I expected that I would like this film very much, but there was something quite contrived about it all. For lack of a better phrase, it felt "too artsy," without actually having the most connectable point. I'm indifferent.
This is a wonderful film about the oppression capitalism and patriarchy. And shows two women over-coming this oppression and being liberated.
Sally Potter doesn't buy the dictum about how all you need to make a film is a girl and a gun. In the opening song for her 1983 debut feature