This independent feature documentary is being made in collaboration with current players and allies of Australia’s national women’s football team, in association with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).
The film will be launched on the eve of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia & New Zealand.
In this film the custodians of the story of women’s football in Australia are given a voice and by telling their story the film utilises this game-changing moment, when the eyes of the world are on Australia, to shine a light on the country’s gender equality score card.
We celebrate the players hard-fought battle for visibility, recounting how these ground-breaking women, supported by the PFA, confronted inequality at the highest levels with their audacious 2015 boycott of a U.S tour, leading to their 2019 achievement as one of the first women’s national teams in world football to receive equal pay to their male counterparts.
With humour and authenticity this film celebrates success and role models the future, leaning-in to the candid, the human, the personal. This film will envelop audiences in the story of this amazing team inspiring them to also smash through age-old inequalities and achieve at the highest levels.
In the lead up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup we follow their story; Auzzie legends leave the game, new players make international debuts, players struggle with Covid-regulations and battle serious injuries, the team competes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (2021) and Asian Cup (2022), and players strive for selection in the World Cup team. In all this, gender equality is not a given, it’s an ongoing fight.
‘This is Us’ will bring new audiences to football, new fans who will cheer from the rooftops, not only for football, but for the achievements of women who inspire against all odds, even before a single game has been played in the 2023 ANZ hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup.