Title Details


Looks at a widespread workplace illness, tenosynovitis - a crippling and often misunderstood disease.
Year : 1984 | Total Duration : 12 Minutes | Producer : Women's Film Unit
Director : Margot Nash |
VS womens' hands doing rapid repetitive work including CU filling glue tubes, CUs industrial machinist at work, MS woman woman rapidly signalling in sign language, ECU placing lids on containers, CU gloved hands peeling prawns, CU industrial button sewing machine, CU film splicing. Animated arm pulling level and titles.
Access No. 132088 | 46 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs woman collating paper in office environment stopping to rub hand and describing pain. ECU bandaged hands typing. VS pair of migrant woman workers at cutting machines in chicken factory and MS wrapping arms in cloth. MS of woman, Clare, of probably Polynesian descent talking to camera about development of tenosynovitis problems.
Access No. 132090 | 1 min | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Spanish migrant worker Norma at front door and entering house and CU at sink filling teapot and dropping it in sink. VS preparing cups of tea and CU of running hands under water. ECU Dawn at stapling machine and VS stapling boxes on machine. VS migrant women factory workers collapsing cartons with hammer and stripping cartons with hands. All talk of their experiences with tenosynovitis.
Access No. 132091 | 1 min 22 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU eyes of Mytha at work and CUs hands placing lids on putty containers. CUs hands typing and word processing. CUs gloved hands screwing on tin lids. CUs chickens hanging by legs from belt past camera and VS migrant women processing them. Women talk about problems with declaring their problems with tenosynovitis.
Access No. 132092 | 1 min 18 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU migrant woman Norma's hands at sewing machine and CU face with voice-over describing pain and inadequate response from workplace nurse. Zoom to blue door with graphic for women's toilet sign on it. CUs machinists. CUs Theresa washing hands and CUs hands washing up and cutting up vegetables. CU Theresa's face as she speaks of difficulties in gaining sympathy and understanding of tenosynovitis.
Access No. 132093 | 1 min 18 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU milk bottles on tiled step and Theresa picking them up with bandaged hand and dropping milk bottle which smashes on step. CUs picking up smashed pieces of glass. CU Theresa speaking of how the pain of tenosynovitis has affected her morale and home life as well as sexual relations.
Access No. 132094 | 48 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Theresa sitting in darkened room watching television with baby sleeping on couch next to her. ECU face in profile silhouetted. VS amateur video of Theresa under surveillance going about daily chores of hanging out clothes and ironing etc. MS Theresa talking about problems with getting insurance compensation.
Access No. 132095 | 1 min 34 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS migrant woman, Nitza, with bandaged arm sitting at kitchen table talking about her shattered dreams and MS with husband at sink. Support group meeting of women tenosynovitis sufferers sitting in circle talking about experiences. CU to hands in casts. voice overs of women talking about how the group works and the importance of breaking down the isolation of sufferers.
Access No. 132096 | 1 min 18 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU woman operating filling machine where she stacks on glue tubes. Pan to face. GS woman putting paper through conveyor belt in machine then stacking into boxes and stapling boxes. CU production line with womens' hands putting parts into plastic trays. CUs womens' smiling faces.
Access No. 132097 | 52 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Clare talking to camera about camaraderie between female workers. MS migrant woman singing as she irons. GS Clare getting out of taxi and smiling to camera.
Access No. 132098 | 1 min 24 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |