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KIM & HARLEY & THE KIDS (Family Foibles)

Year: 2001

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: M

Runtime: 27 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Katrina Sawyer

Produced By: Steve Thomas

Language: English

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Family Foibles is a series of five half-hour documentaries that examine contemporary Australian families. Each story revolves around a family confronting a problem. These range from the relatively benign issue of omission in the telling of a family history to domestic violence and the threat of family break-up.

KIM & HARLEY AND & KIDS

Kim and Harley are determinedly keeping their family together against the odds. They live in a Ministry of Housing estate with their four little girls, including 12-year old Gabby, the eldest.

The family show great resourcefulness and humour in surviving below the poverty line but Kim suffers from hepatitis C and this added complication makes it hard for Harley to hold down a regular job.

Sometimes the pressures of life become too much and the family threatens to fall apart as their frustrations turn inward.

This confronting portrait of a family with no support confounds all simplistic explanations of poverty.

The other 4 episodes in the FAMILY FOIBLES series are: MICK'S GIFT, MY MOTHER NANCY, THE WOODCUTTER'S SON and UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS.

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