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The Museum of Nasty Women

A documentary VR experience that brings to life forgotten, nasty women from history.


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  • DIRECTOR Rebecca Barry

  • PRODUCER Sophie Wiesner



Nasty Women celebrates women throughout history who managed to really piss people off. From composers to revolutionaries, scientists to emperors, political firebrands to murderers, this virtual reality documentary experience will smash the cookie-cutter idea of woman-ness as it has been defined throughout history.

The women, who until now have been banished to the margins of the history books, will finally speak for themselves. Their stories are diverse and difficult. They flourished under adversity, failed, defied and adapted, and often enjoyed their lives way too much for the comfort of those around them. Their bravery and distinction was too threatening to win the recognition of history’s conquerors, but today, at last, with glorious wit and style, they will be celebrated.

Nasty Women uses the device of a decrepit and crumbling ‘Museum of Nasty Women’ that comes to life and is rebuilt as a glorious monument to these women, as the user explores the building and stories within.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Women have always been at least 50% of the population, but only occupy around 0.5% of recorded history. This is clear and irrefutable evidence that women’s stories and contributions have been minimised, overlooked or just outright ignored for at least 3,500 years. The Museum of Nasty Women utilises bold storytelling and pioneering technology to correct the record. By elevating stories of women who have been overlooked or misrepresented, we are amplifying the work of historians, researchers and writers who are working to put women’s stories back onto the page, and into our collective memory. About bloody time!


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We want to see a change in how our audience think about women’s history, and women’s roles in shaping the world as it is today. We want the stories we feature to broaden peoples’ understanding not only of individual women’s lives, but to broaden their perspective, and inspire them to look for and share other stories of women who have changed the world. Through engagement with our project, we want women to connect with their own potential to lead, innovate, and rebel.


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

Short term: We want the stories we feature to broaden peoples’ understanding not only of individual women’s lives, but to broaden their perspective, and inspire them to look for and share other stories of women who have changed the world.

Medium term: We want to inspire and motivate the people whose job it is to write, curate or fund historical works to seek out women and their stories, and reinstate them in our collective memory.

Long term: We want to see a change in how history is written and depicted in our culture. We want women to feature not only within the confines of ‘women’s history’, but as a part of the rich and varied fabric of human history, portrayed not as archetypes, but as people – complex, contradictory, and sometimes (at least), nasty.


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

Impact campaigns for existing Media Stockade projects (I Am A Girl, Power Meri, Call Me Dad) connect with teachers, media, philanthropists, government and investors who recognise the power of real stories to create social change. We will and extend these existing networks into the arts and tertiary education sectors, amongst others.

We have strong relationships with organisations and individuals doing incredible work advancing the lives of women and girls in Australia and abroad. We have partnered on previous projects with the incredible Women’s Donor Network, Victorian Women’s Trust, WeirAnderson Foundation and Plan International.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

1. Join our Nasty Women community, and contribute to the Museum of Nasty Women catalogue

2. Promote and celebrate Women’s History Month (March)

And for influencers and decision makers…

3. Get behind projects that restore women’s stories and voices into our collective memory.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will gather qualitative and quantitative data in the following ways:
- Track users across our LBE and home based platforms
- Track engagement on our website, and social media channels
- Track contributors and contributions and to our crowd sourced catalogue
- Survey community members about the impact of the project and their engagement on their personal attitudes, feelings and actions about reinstating women’s voices and stories to our historical record
- Monitor media around the project, and associated events
- Conduct targeted questionnaires with people who exhibit the project and associated events regarding audience engagement and interest in future exhibitions that explore these themes (e.g. organisational board and visitor appetite for themed exhibitions and events around Women’s History Month)