A theatrical and television documentary that rediscovers the rich history of the bold women who reignited the Women’s Liberation Movement in Australia in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Bringing together archival footage, photographs and headlines with personal in-depth interviews, BRAZEN HUSSIES introduces contemporary audiences to an exciting and revolutionary chapter in Australian history. We reveal how this diverse group of activists were ridiculed in the media, faced scorn and resistance at home and were sometimes arrested in their fight to make great social change.
This film will inspire its audiences to question gender equality today and realise that the personal really is political and individual actions can create lasting change.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
The story of the Women’s Liberation movement in Australia has never before been told comprehensively in film. BRAZEN HUSSIES reveals the extraordinary story of massive social upheaval that happened between 1965 and 1975. The film illuminates the explosion of feminist activities that followed and interrogates the status of women in Australia today.
The film places the status of women today in the context of the discrimination women faced historically, while celebrating the hard-won rights they earned. It aims to empower women and men of all ages to see that everyday people can create enormous social change through their efforts and to arm them with knowledge about the historical fight for social equality.
The project meets the aims of philanthropists dedicated to enhancing the status of women and girls in our community, building their confidence and helping them reach their full potential.
Aims & Objectives
This film will be a compelling historical record of an exciting and important time in Australia’s history, but our objective is also for BRAZEN HUSSIES to be a call to action for the continuation of feminist work now.
We will record, interrogate and celebrate the achievements of the Australian Women’s Liberation movement in an entertaining and accessible way.
We intend to partner with key agencies to produce additional media that supports their current campaigns on specific issues affecting equality and access for women in contemporary Australia.
Working with key women’s organisations we aim to direct the energy and awareness ignited from the film’s release (in cinemas and on television) into specific calls to action for current projects and campaigns that advance the status of women and girls.
We want the film to be adopted into the national curriculum and will work with educational advisors to produce materials well suited for the Australian classroom.
Our education and outreach strategy will tailor elements of the film to community groups and schools, with the accompaniment of a comprehensive Study Guide and additional teachers’ resources. We intend for the film to become part of the national curriculum. We will work with the input of teachers’ associations for relevant study areas (eg ATOM, VATE, HTAV and national equivalents) to ensure materials produced will be appropriate and easily incorporated into classroom teaching.
Partnerships we hope to form are with a wide range of organisations and networks including: Victorian Women’s Trust; the Workplace Gender Equality Agency; Women’s Information Referral and Exchange (WIRE); the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA); the National Foundation of Australian Women of Australia (NFAW); Koorie Women Mean Business (KWMB); and many more.
The networks stemming from these organisations can be used to generate fundraising support, grass-roots publicity and enthusiastic audiences for screening events. The many themes covered by the film can be linked into the current campaigns of these partners and so can help generate activism for specific policy change. By bringing audience awareness of the history of these issues, the film can offer audiences inspiration for actions now.