A feature length documentary that rediscovers the rich history of the bold women who kick-started 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 the personal really is political and individual actions can create lasting change.
The story of the Women’s Liberation movement in Australia has not been told comprehensively in film. BRAZEN HUSSIES reveals the extraordinary story of massive social upheaval that happened during 1965 – 1975. The film illuminates the explosion of feminist activities that followed and interrogates the status of women today.
The film will place the status of women today in the context of the discrimination women faced historically and 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 want to record, interrogate and celebrate the achievements of the Australian Women’s Liberation movement in an entertaining and accessible way. We aim to partner with key agencies to produce additional educational media in support of 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 into specific calls to action for current projects and campaigns that advance the status of Australian women and girls. We want the film and it’s ancillary media adopted for use in the national curriculum.
Our education and outreach will tailor elements of the film to community groups and schools, with the accompaniment of a Study Guide and additional teachers’ resources. We intend for the film to ultimately become part of the Australian Curriculum. We will work with the input of teacher’s 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.
We have agreement from Mary Crooks AO to partner with the Victorian Women’s Trust regarding the outreach of the film. Other potential partnerships we hope to form include with organisations and networks including: 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); Sharan Burrow (International Trade Union Confederation); ACTU’s current President Ged Kearney, and Secretary Sally McManus.
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 will link into the current campaigns of these partners and so can help generate activism for specific policy changes. By bringing audience awareness of the history of these issues, the film can offer audiences inspiration for action now.