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  • Geographic Location:

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Target Groups:

    Gay and Lesbian
    Rural / Regional


Funding Information

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  • DGR Additional Information:

    Film has DGR status through fiscal sponsor Documentary Australia Foundation.

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Demand Film, ABC TV, The Post Lounge, Australian Cultural Fund, Creative Partnerships Australia and over 430 passionate individual donors.

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jan 2016
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 08 May 2020
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • The lack of representation of women as active changemakers in historical texts/media. Human Rights, Social Justice, Gender Equality.
  • Project Description:
  • BRAZEN HUSSIES is a feature and TV documentary, which for the first time on film, tells the story of the Australian experience of the Women’s Liberation Movement (1965 -1975), arguably one of our greatest social and political movements of the 20th century.

    Because of this movement, laws were rewritten, language was changed, public space and personal liberties were radically redefined. This is a lost history ripe for review.

    As the activists of the era are getting on in years, it is urgent to record their first hand stories now while they are still with us.

    BRAZEN HUSSIES will ensure this “endangered” history is accessible and recorded forever in an entertaining format. Making their contribution to shaping Australian society more widely recognised and understood as part of our official Australian history.

    BRAZEN HUSSIES will screen in cinemas across Australia in late 2020. An ABC broadcast will follow, intended for International Women’s Day 2021.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • BRAZEN HUSSIES celebrates the legacy of the women’s rights activists from the 1960-70s, recognising the work done to secure the freedoms that contemporary women enjoy.

    The many spheres in which women have suffered disadvantage and the demands made to address them are highlighted. The status of Australian women now will be better understood in the context of this history.

    The status of Australian women has drastically improved since, but many issues remain unresolved.

    By harnessing enthusiasm for the film, we will bring new supporters to existing gender equality campaigns.

    A series of aligned panel discussions will provoke conversations about gender equality around the country.

    Noting the adage ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’, BRAZEN HUSSIES shows that everyday people have been successful changemakers before now. The film will empower a new generation of Australians, reminding them that through their actions, they can create great social change – just like these women did!
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • BRAZEN HUSSIES will partner with women’s organisations to deliver a powerful impact campaign around the film release. We will inspire audiences to take direct action to create social change, like the women in the film.

    We will lead motivated audiences to existing campaigns of partner organisations, expert in empowering Australian women and making change.

    Stories and representation matter. They not only reflect the world they SHAPE it. This is why we are passionate about honouring these changemakers whose actions are worthy of public record and celebration.

    We will work with educational experts to create tools to engage students with this history. So that new generations will see women depicted as active participants in our shared history.

    Via a website, we will encourage our audience to support a range of campaigns to have Australian women activists publicly recognized, for example historian Clare Wright’s call for a statue honouring equal pay activist Zelda D’Aprano.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • BRAZEN HUSSIES celebrates what Australian women have achieved over the last 50 years. Support of this project is an investment for all Australian women, because it validates their history and their endeavours as being worthy of public record.

    Historian Clare Wright argues “If knowledge is power, it is fundamentally disempowering for women if their stories remain secreted in the archives or confined to academic circles…This is another great Australian silence…that perpetuates the myth of male agency and male potency and by implication presumed historical absence from places and events of nation building, and also provides the rationale for male privilege and male entitlement today. The only way we will understand that we can make history today is when we fully appreciate how much we have made history in the past.

    BRAZEN HUSSIES addresses an imbalance and empowers us all, demonstrating that fighting for women’s equality has, and can again, produce real and lasting positive change.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • BRAZEN HUSSIES documentary is in itself a media project with a growing social media following. Our project has been promoted in magazine articles, radio interviews and in newspaper articles. 430 enthusiastic donors have expressed their desire to see the completed film, contributing towards production costs via the Australian Cultural Fund and Documentary Australia Foundation (See:

    A comprehensive media & publicity campaign will precede the national cinema release and ABC TV broadcast of the film.

    Our impact strategy includes partnering with women’s organisations to deliver a series of gender equality themed panel discussions around Australia, to highlight issues and promote campaigns designed to effect positive change.

    We will produce an education kit and familiarise teachers with the film’s content via free teacher screenings. Our website will link audiences to other educational resources addressing gender equality in Australia.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • The impact strategy and evaluation framework are still in development. Potential measures of success to be tracked include:

    •Referrals to partners’ campaigns from Brazen Hussies website.
    •Referrals to gender equality teaching resources and workshops via Brazen Hussies’ network.
    •Funds raised for women’s services/programs via fundraising screenings.
    •Number of downloads of the BRAZEN HUSSIES classroom resources.
    •Number of film sales to education market.
    •Narrative responses to the film post screenings, via website and social media.
    •Number of articles, interviews, panel discussions.
    •Size of social media audience.
    •Number of film screenings.
    •TV audience numbers.
    •Attendance at teachers’ screenings.
    •Number of online film rentals, sales and DVD sales.
    •Number of film award nominations.
    •Number of film soundtrack sales.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Andrea Foxworthy & Philippa Campey (Producers)

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  • Website:

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  • Phone:

    Andrea: 0405091853 Philippa: 0410665032