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The Record

Changing history is about more than who wins.

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Nicole Minchin and Angela Pippos

  • PRODUCER Nicole Minchin and Angela Pippos

Synopsis

DURATION: 75 MINUTES

One week before Covid-19 suspended world sport, the Australian Women’s Cricket Team produced something remarkable. THE RECORD tells the story of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – the heroic exploits on the field, and the equally daring campaign to #FillTheMCG for the final on International Women’s Day. The plan to set a new world record for attendance relied heavily on Australia getting through to the decider, but out-of-form players, injuries, a tempestuous storm and the heavy burden of favouritism threatened to end Australia’s campaign, and with it, the hopes of organisers. Led fearlessly by captain Meg Lanning, Australia embarked upon a miraculous recovery – all the way to the MCG. With unprecedented access, THE RECORD goes inside the most dramatic World Cup in history, and gives voice to the players who belong on this stage.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

THE RECORD sends a powerful message that girls and women belong in sport - and they belong on the biggest sporting stage of them all. For too long women’s sport has been an afterthought. Girls haven’t had the same opportunities and pathways as boys, and they haven’t had visible sporting heroines to show them what is possible. This ground-breaking documentary represents a turning point in sport. The goal to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event was four years in-the-making. It was bold. It was about thinking big. THE RECORD takes the viewer into the world of elite women’s cricket and shows what can be achieved if the will to invest in women is there. With searing honesty, the world’s best players relive all the drama and excitement of this powerful moment in history that changed sport forever.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

THE RECORD is a celebration of women in cricket. Women from ten competing nations, powerhouses of the game and newcomers to the sport, all with the same goal – to lift the World Cup trophy at the MCG on International Women’s Day. Our documentary gives them the visibility, recognition and respect their talents deserve – it also gives them a chance to inspire a new generation. By doing this, THE RECORD puts itself in a position to change the way society views all women athletes.

Outcomes

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

The driving force behind THE RECORD is social impact. Increasing public awareness about the relatively unknown world of elite women’s cricket is important but only the beginning of it. We want our film to inspire people to do something with this awareness. Get out there and watch women’s sport. Talk about it. Write about it. Challenge themselves to think differently about it. Stop comparing women’s sport to men’s sport. Celebrate the differences between the two. We hope the film encourages girls to pursue their sporting passions. We hope it forces decision-makers to do more to level the playing field. Australian cricket is leading the way with pay and conditions for its women athletes. We hope other sports take note of this and see what can be achieved when the will to change things is there. We established Her Films to create powerful documentaries about women. We believe sport should be fair, and that sport is the perfect platform to promote gender equality and drive social change.

Stakeholders

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

Angela Pippos has been a sports journalist for 23 years. During that time, she’s developed strong relationships with people in cricket at the national, state and community levels. Nicole Minchin has been producing for 20 years, regularly dealing with state/federal funding bodies. Central to this project is the relationship between Her Films and Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC approved filming access and match footage and Cricket Australia is working on the distribution of the film. In recent years, Angela has become a tireless campaigner for gender equality in sport. This has connected her to a range of people from government, business and the social sector who share her commitment to gender equality in sport and society. In addition to the players, THE RECORD will include interviews with pioneers of women’s cricket, gender equality campaigners and decision-makers in sport.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

We hope THE RECORD will encourage viewers to celebrate women in sport, and stop comparing men’s and women’s sport. We are confident our film will challenge ingrained beliefs and attitudes that have for so long marginalised women in sport. THE RECORD calls on viewers to take responsibility for their individual and community gender equality footprint. It’s an exciting time, not only for the talented women who competed at the T20 World Cup, but also for the army of girls who slop on the sunscreen and pull on the pads after school and on weekends to emulate their favourite players. You can’t be what you can’t see. THE RECORD aims to inspire girls to stay involved in sport, and encourages them to create their own version of what it means to be a girl, and not be drawn into the stereotype society pushes through the media and advertising.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

THE RECORD will be seen by a global audience - the discussion and conversation that it generates worldwide will play a vital role in breaking down barriers that exist for women in cricket and sport. A multitude of different voices will help shift outdated attitudes, and the visibility of the athletes will act as an inspiration to a younger generation of girls. This film is proof that if the will is there great things can be achieved – a message that resonates far beyond sport. The fight for gender equality is ongoing, the social impact of this documentary will play an important role in moving things forward.

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