Skip to main content

jabe babe - A Heightened life

Australia (MIFF 2005, Australian Showcase)

Director: Janet Merewether

jabe babe - A Heightened life
Jabe is no ordinary babe. She measures a towering 188cm, wields a whip for a living and has aspirations to work in the funeral industry. Jabe also has a life-threatening condition called Marfan Syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder that affects one in 3000 people and of which the most evident symptom is accelerated growth. Through skilfully worked fiction and non-fiction forms, [Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life] paints an intimate and disarming portrait of a quite singular 31-year-old woman, who has lived on the margins all of her life. Born to a schizophrenic mother, shunted from foster home to foster home through her childhood and having undergone open-heart surgery at 17, Jabe has the refreshing ability to accept and work within the limitations of her condition. Having been told she'll live to 25, she inhabits the present like there is no tomorrow. Through direct to camera monologues, observed interviews and Alice in Wonderland aesthetics, director Janet Merewether has constructed a sensitive documentary that raises questions about society's desire for sexual, visual and genetic conformity. Janet Merewether will be attending the festival.
D/S Janet Merewether P Janet Merewether, Deborah Szapiro, Georgia Wallace-Crabbe WS Janet Merewether TD video/col/2005/52mins. Jane Merewether's films include [A Square's Safari] (1992, short), [Making Out in Japan] (1996, short),

See also...

A Slice of Life or the Crumbs of Existence

A winged knife slices bread. This recurrent metaphor sets the film's context by juxtaposing the surreal with the mundane. While exploring notions such as romance and memory, the film's black and ... More »

A Slice of Life on the Crumbs of Existence

Seven types of days make a certain type of week. Take a good look at what you have on your plate; the forces of habit can expose all sorts of surprises. ... More »

Cheap Blonde

Artifice or reality? Does it matter? Cheap Blonde serves as a reminder to the viewer just how constructed the film image is. As sound and image become systematically manipulated, what initially ... More »

marey project, the

[The Marey Project] is the third video artwork by renowned Melbourne artist James Clayden to feature in MIFF over recent years. Clayden's [HAMLET X] (MIFF 04) and [The Ghost Paintings] (MIFF 03) have ... More »

high or dry

*IMPORTANT* ... Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, *_High or Dry_* will not be screening at the festival. See daily schedule changes for replacement films. ... [High or Dry], depicting ... More »

vietnam symphony

When Hanoi was under threat of massive US bombing in 1965, students and teachers from the Conservatorium of Music fled to the countryside. There they re-established their school by building an entire ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director