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    Brazen Hussies: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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    This event is at capacity, however, Brazen Hussies is now screening in select cinemas across Australia. Find out more >

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    • Film Screening: anytime from 9am Wed 17 NovΒ (film link has been emailed to attendees)
    • Panel talk: 7:30pm on Zoom (Zoom link will also be sent via email)

    We're thrilled to invite you to a screening of feature documentary,Β Brazen Hussies (2020), celebrating the legacy of the bold women of the Women’s Liberation Movement who re-ignited the feminist revolution in Australia.

    Following the film we will be joined on Zoom for an insightful discussion about the blockers to gender equality that still exist today, the failure of theΒ Coalition's 2020 budget toΒ address the needs ofΒ women and gender diverse people, and what we can all do to keep agitating for social change.

    Panel includes Brazen HussiesΒ director Catherine Dwyer;Β Dr. Emma Fulu (executive director, the Equality Institute);Β andΒ Christina HobbsΒ (CEO, Verve Super); moderated by Mary Crooks AO (executive director, Victorian Women's Trust).Β 

    Note: panel talkΒ will be Auslan interpreted.


    Brazen Hussies reveals a revolutionary chapter in Australian history, the Women's Liberation Movement (1965 -1975). Interweaving freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists,Β Brazen HussiesΒ shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change - contributing to one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century.


    Catherine Dwyer
    director and writer

    First time Director, Catherine Dwyer, was inspired to make aΒ film about theΒ history of the Women’sΒ MovementΒ in Australia throughΒ her experience workingΒ asΒ Associate Producer – Post Production, Researcher andΒ Assistant EditorΒ on Mary Dore’s acclaimed documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s AngryΒ (2014) -Β the story of the US Women’s LiberationΒ Movement. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry won theΒ Audience Award for BestΒ Documentary at the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Sydney Mardi GrasΒ FilmΒ Festival 2015; was a finalist in the People’s Choice Award at 2015 MIFF; and won BestΒ Documentary atΒ the Hamburg Queer Film Festival 2015.Β Β 
    Catherine was the ImpactΒ Producer on Freedom StoriesΒ (dir. Steven Thomas 2016), a documentaryΒ that exploresΒ the achievements of former β€˜boat people’ now living in Australia. Catherine has alsoΒ directedΒ and edited music videos and shorts, including for comedian Kirsten Law’s live shows, Party for a Living (2011) and Man Academy (2015) andΒ editedΒ singer Laura Jean’s Girls on the TVΒ (2018).Β 

    Dr.Β Emma Fulu
    executive director
    , the Equality Institute

    Dr Emma Fulu is a feminist activist, social entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts on violence against women. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute,Β a global feminist agency working to advance gender equality and end violence against women and girls.Β She is also the co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organisation that partners with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings to amplify their solutions to violence in their own communities. Before that she worked at the United Nations and led the ground-breakingΒ UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence, the findings of which have been featured onΒ BBC,Β Al Jazeera, and CNN.Β 

    EmmaΒ is Co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization, and a member of the Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council.Β She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, is the author ofΒ Domestic Violence in Asia, and publishes widely on gender, violence, masculinities and feminist leadership. The mother of three young children,Β EmmaΒ lives in Melbourne Australia and is currently writing a memoir (that never seems to end).

    Christina Hobbs
    CEO Verve Super

    As CEO and Co-Founder of Verve, Australia’s first superannuation fund for women, Christina Hobbs gets out of bed each day with the mission of building the financial power of women. She’s passionate about ethical investment, impact investment and ensuring that capital is used to help build a better world.

    Prior to founding Verve, Christina enjoyed ten years working for the United Nations in complex humanitarian emergencies. Her role with the UN focused on advising humanitarian organisations, governments and the private sector on how to connect the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world to the financial services system, often to provide life saving assistance and livelihood support.

    Mary Crooks AO (moderator)
    executive director, Victorian Women's Trust

    After an extensive public policy career, Mary became the executive director of the Victorian Women’s Trust in 1996. She has designed and led ground-breaking community engagement initiatives, such as theΒ Purple Sage ProjectΒ andΒ Our Watermark Australia. In June 2012, Mary was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, for her distinguished services to public policy and advocacy for the advancement of women. In 2016, Mary won the Public Policy category as part of the AFR/Westpac’sΒ 100 Women of InfluenceΒ for her years of work in shaping public policy in Australia.

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