24 Jan 2021 to 7 Feb 2021 Once Only Event
Brazen Hussies introduces contemporary audiences to the Australian second wave feminists, who declared war on ‘male chauvinism’, traditional sex roles and demanded that women be set free from the ‘chains of femininity’. This feature documentary traces how the Australian Women’s Liberation Movement was born amidst the tumultuous politics of the 1960s, influenced by the anti-war, anti-imperialist and civil rights movements worldwide. The film combines a treasure trove of startling archive footage with interviews from key activists from around Australia.
From its first stirrings in Brisbane in 1965 to its controversial incursions into the Whitlam government from 1973 to 1975, the film shows how women began organising around issues such as equal pay, reproductive rights, affordable childcare, and the prevention of family violence and rape. As the story unfolds, these issues go from being dismissed as the outrageous demands of a few ‘brazen hussies’ to becoming crucial elements on the platforms of Australia’s major political parties.
Once Only Event
24 Jan 2021 to 7 Feb 2021