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Video Clip Synopsis:
Two commercial artists work for themselves as car panel artists. They feel enormous pride and satisfaction being self- employed, even if it is not as lucrative as working for an employer.

1min 54sec

Car Panel Artists and Self-Employment is an excerpt from the film For Love or Money (16 mins), an episode of the series Working (7 x 16 mins), produced in 1979.

For Love or Money: One of a series of films about attitudes to work. Deals with the satisfaction one feels when working for yourself, doing something you really enjoy, even if the money is not as much as working for an employer. A commercial artist, script writer and mechanic discuss their attitudes to work.

Working: The series is a window into the 70s and reflects different attitudes to work, including working for money, love or passion, and working for an employer or being self-employed.

Working was produced by Film Australia.

Study Module

Curriculum Focus: English
Year: 9-10
Theme: Artists at Work

Key Concepts

Artist; Creativity; Diversity

Curriculum Applicability Notes

ACT:Everyday texts – Language: Contextual understanding
NSW:(1997 Syllabus) C5 Mass media
(2003 Syllabus) Stage 5 Outcome 4
NT:R/V 5.1 – 5.3
R/V 5+.1-5+.3
Qld:Cr 6.2
SA:Texts and contexts 5.3
Tas:Communicating – Being literate, Standard 4
Vic:Reading – Texts 6.6
WA:Understanding Language
Attitudes, values and beliefs

Context / Background Information

The commercial artist works within the popular culture genre. He or she is skilful and creative and the work is appreciated and admired by his clients. The images used are readily accessible and understood. They can found in comics, video clips, film and animation, computer games, and advertising.

The panel van was first introduced to Australia by Holden in 1953. It was designed to create a secure lock-up for the tools and equipment of tradespeople. The security offered by the enclosed but spacious van area also provides privacy. Other groups, particularly young people, began using and valuing the vehicle, as a sort of proxy caravan which could easily be parked at various locations like surfing beaches for example. Young men began to customise their vans.

The panel van has become associated with youth and sexual freedom: “If this van’s a-rockin’, don’t come knockin’.”

Discussion Pointers

  1. What does the film show?
  2. Why might it start with the artist’s wife’s comment?
  3. What characteristics or qualities are stressed?
  4. What does the film suggest about creativity?
  5. Why does the driver want his car decorated in this way?
  6. What do you think of the driver? Is this based on evidence, or are you categorising the person because of his taste in car decoration? Discuss your reasons.
  7. What is the message of the film?
  8. What is the meaning of the title?
  9. Can you suggest an alternative?

Suggested Classroom Activities

  1. Imagine that you are with a group of friends in a car and you pull up at the lights next to the decorated car. Create a conversation in which one of you loves it, one of you hates it, one of you is indifferent, and one of you doesn’t know what to think.
  2. At the end, ask the ‘don’t know’ what she or he now thinks about it.
  3. How would you react if you saw the car at the lights?

Modules That Use This Clip

The Arts Year 9-10, The Arts Year 11-12, English Year 9-10