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Brazen Hussies reveals a revolutionary chapter in Australian history, the Women's Liberation Movement (1965 -1975).
Interweaving freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists, Brazen Hussies shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change - contributing to one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century. The film interweaves freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively accounts from the bold women who reignited the feminist movement in Australia, at times at great personal cost.
By going back in time, BRAZEN HUSSIES reveals how the changes demanded by these women 50 years ago, have paved the way for where feminism finds itself today. While the landscape, breadth and diversity of feminism is vastly different today – without this movement and the changes it achieved, we wouldn’t be where we are now. Recording and celebrating this important history, offers a valuable opportunity to reassess and discuss where we are at as a society, what gains have been made, what is at risk and where we are headed. While the struggle is far from over, women and girls today will be inspired by the pioneering efforts of those who came before them and changed the world forever.
Brazen Hussies: Merle Thornton, Martha Ansara, Margot Nash, Pat O'Shane, Alva Geikie, Anne Summers, Lilla Watson, Kerryn Higgs, Shirley Castley, Jeni Thornley, Gillian Leahy, Barbara Creed, Iola Mathews, Eva Cox, Elizabeth Reid, Daniela Torsh, Biff Ward, Sara Dowse, Robin Laurie, Suzanne Bellamy, Kate Jennings, Rosemary West, Sue Jackson
Director: Catherine Dwyer
★★★★ "an important contribution to an overlooked past...[[will be] a defining work for some time" - GUARDIAN
★★★★ "terrific documentary" - DAVID STRATTON
★★★★ "re-creates the excitement of the times, the power of the ideas and the courage of these women, who decided things had to change – often in the face of extreme and physical opposition" - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
★★★★ "deftly illuminates what happened to bring equality this far...delivered with style, wit and good common sense, and wonderfully entertaining. Parents would do teenaged sons a favour by seeing it with them and then a bit of dinner-table talk about it" - CANBERRA CITYNEWS
★★★★ "The film’s strength is the richness of its vault: more than 4000 still photographs, posters and feminist publications, along with over 800 clips from news footage, documentaries and personal collections. Alongside these lively visuals, more than 25 activists tell their stories." - SCREENHUB
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