The attached documentary titled ‘7/11 Hope Street: The Third Shift’ seeks to visually represent dominant themes about solo mothering in popular culture, including but not limited to: the missing parent, sole joys, sorrows and triumphs, and poverty of resources and time. ‘The third shift’ is a term that has been employed by scholars to mean something in between or in addition to work and home duties, consisting in a juggling of the latter and distinguishing sole from partnered parenting.
The film’s main actor Emily Wolfinger became a sole mum through marital breakdown an, subsequently, through the tragic and untimely death of Rudi, her beloved husband and father of her children Joey and Pearl.
A current PhD student at the University of Western Sydney, Emily is completing her PhD on sole mother poverty at Southern Cross University.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, There were 780 thousand single mother families in June 2012, making up the vast majority of one-parent families (81%).