Teenage Girls (1958)

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  • Featuring

    Daniel Farson

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year


  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction


Extract from a programme on teenage girls.

Farsen stands on a lonely stretch of common. A young woman walks along the path. He walks over quickly and speaks to her. He turns to camera and tells the audience that he has no sinister intent. He says his intention is to discover how teenage girls feel about the restrictions put upon them by their parents for their safety. The girl on the path says she has one hours journey home, sometimes in the dark. Occasionally she feels frightened in the dark but is not unduly worried. Her parents don't mind providing they know where she is going and who she is with. She is 18-years old. In a room 19-year old Felicity is asked how strict her parents are. She says they are less strict now than they used to be. Camera pulls back to reveal Felicity with four other teenagers sitting at a table; cups on the table. Farsen sits opposite them; the girls all live in London. One girl says her parents demand that she be home by 10.30 on weekdays; she thinks this is sensible but often ignores the ruling. She reads about women being attacked but doesn't see it happening to her. An 18 year-old girl has a brother three years older than her who teaches her the rudiments of judo. Farsen talks to two 15-year old girls. They say they don't read the papers and therefore rarely think of being attacked (2min 54 sec). Incomplete.

Note: The title TEENAGE GIRLS is taken from the chalkboard preceding the programme. This extract is perhaps a filmed excerpt from a studio discussion. The report presumably arose because of recent attacks on young women. It is not clear whether the report on teenage girls formed the whole 25min programme or whether other items were included in the programme as transmitted.

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