GIRL IN A MIRROR (Kathy Drayton). 55 minutes. Sunday (May 14), 5 pm. Rating: NNNN
Girl In A Mirror is an appropriate title for this film about fearless Australian photographer Carol Jerrems . Her powerful works are strongly autobiographical. In her many self-portraits she comes across as quite formidable, and she documented in writing and photos the illness that led to her premature death at 30 with merciless cold precision. Even when she was focusing her lens on people on society's fringes - Aboriginals or young thugs - you get the sense that she was showing you something about herself.
True to Jerrems's spirit, Kathy Drayton doesn't hold back in her look at a woman who refused to compromise in her personal or professional life. Included is a revealing look at the 60s counterculture in Australia, where Jerrems and her various lovers were sometimes messily negotiating the boundaries of sex, love and art. Rape is a disturbing motif in some of her best work. Drayton has tracked down most of Jerrems's subjects, and their comments on the woman and her work are as entertaining and revealing as the photos themselves.