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BRAZEN HUSSIES, for the first time, celebrates the bold women who ignited a feminist revolution in Australia.


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  • DIRECTOR Catherine Dwyer

  • PRODUCER Producers: Philippa Campey & Andrea Foxworthy, Executive Producer: Sue Maslin



BRAZEN HUSSIES, for the first time, reveals an exciting and 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 all around Australia, 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. These women defined one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century, at times at great personal cost. This documentary is full of the raw energy and determination that fuelled feminism for the next 50 years until now.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

BRAZEN HUSSIES rediscovers a lost history; the Australian experience of the Women’s Liberation Movement, arguably one of the greatest social and political movements of the 20th century. It will record the stories of activists from the era, so their contribution to shaping our society is more widely recognized and understood as a key part of our ‘official’ Australian history. It will remind a new generation of Australians that women have always been active participants in our nation building.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Activists featured in the film will be more widely recognised as Australian citizens worthy of public recognition.
The status of women in contemporary Australia will be better understood in the context of the history of the Women’s Liberation era.
“Gender equality gaps” that remain unresolved since the Women’s Liberation era will be revealed sparking discussion in the community.
Audiences will be inspired to join campaigns and take direct personal action to promote gender equality.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

*Knowledge of activists, campaigns and legislative gains during this era.
*Discussion about gender inequality today generated.
* Key Partners awareness and audience inspired to contribute to gender equality campaigns.
*Awareness of teaching resources tackling gender equality including “Fightback” and “Fempower Workshops”.

*Brazen Hussies teaching resources implemented in Australian classrooms.
*Schools adopting “Fightback: Addressing Sexism in Australian Schools”.
*Schools delivering gender equality workshops eg Fempower
*Audience continue to contribute to key partner campaigns.

*Generation Z children and beyond have knowledge of some key figures from the Women’s Liberation era.
*Portrayal of Australian Women as active participants in history and culture.
*Mainstreamed teachings of women’s history as part of Australian history.
*Gains in women’s safety (family violence, sexual violence), economic participation and political empowerment.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have engaged with a large number of Australian Women’s Organisations in the research and fundraising for this film. We will be approaching a number of national organisations to establish a formal partnership around the release of the film. We will also have the opportunity to pursue some media partnerships around the release of the film.
At this stage we are still in the process of finalising the production budget for the film.
We are yet to engage educational experts around the development of the teaching materials but will do so once we have successfully raised funds for this purpose.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

1. Donate their time, money or expertise to the gender equality campaigns of key partners.

2. Show support for gender equality campaigns via social media.

3. Promote the film via social media.

4. Commit to hosting a screening of the film.

5. Download the Brazen Hussies teaching resources and use them in school classrooms.

6. Become familiar with teaching resources on gender equality (such as Fightback and Fempower) and implement them in schools.

7. Research and read more about Australian women of the Women’s Liberation era using references from the film website.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Track referrals to Partner Campaigns from Brazen Hussies website
Partners track activity of people referred via Brazen Hussies website/screenings.
Track referrals to gender equality teaching resources, workshops via Brazen Hussies.
Track publicity for the film (articles, debates, interviews).
Track size of social media audience for the film.
Track # of film screenings
Survey audience post screenings
Track downloads of the BH classroom resources
Track sales of the film to educational market
Track sales of the film to general market
Track sales of the film soundtrack
Track attendance teacher screenings
Track attendance student screenings
Collect narrative responses to the film via website and social media