Poles Apart


Confronting the issue of sexism in playschemes.

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Year Produced: 1984
Running time: 32 minutes
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This programme is aimed at playworkers and others working with children and youths, for use in the context of workshops tackling the issue of sexism in their work practise. It was recorded mainly on playgrounds throughout England, and highlights the sexism that underlies nearly all our play provision. It also looks at examples of ‘good practice’, where sexist attitudes are being challenged, and new ways of working introduced.

“What I really liked about the film was that it went beyond illustrating what is sexist about many adventure playgrounds, on to what we can actually do about it… As a training aid, directness lends itself to sparking off discussion, and the suggestions at the end point the way towards the action that should follow such discussion. Essential viewing” — Wendy Russell, Playworld. The package includes instructions to ‘trainers’ and notes for ‘trainees’.

Made in 1984 this film reflects the cultural attitudes of the country and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.

This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £1.00. For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.

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