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'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.

'From the radical arm of the 'Women's Libbers' to the reform-focused groups such as the Women's Electoral Lobby, BRAZEN HUSSIES shows the diversity of women involved, and the collective power it took to achieve change. The film explores how ASIO spied on the movement, the pushback by the male-dominated media, and the impact of internal struggles within the movement. Tensions emerge over the inclusion of lesbians and the relevance of the movement to Aboriginal women. These struggles are laid bare to show how the activities of a small group of determined women grew into a huge social movement and ultimately changed the lives and opportunities of ALL women.

'By going back in time, BRAZEN HUSSIES reveals how the changes demanded by these women 50 years ago, have paved the way for where feminism finds itself today. While the landscape, breadth and diversity of feminism is vastly different today - without this movement and the changes it achieved, we wouldn't be where we are now. Recording and celebrating this important history, offers a valuable opportunity to reassess and discuss where we are at as a society, what gains have been made, what is at risk and where we are headed. While the struggle is far from over, women and girls today will be inspired by the pioneering efforts of those who came before them and changed the world forever.' (Production summary)

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Revelatory, Celebratory Women’s Lib David Stratton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 November 2020; (p. 13)

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV

'Catherine Dwyer’s excellent documentary, Brazen Hussies, is a timely reminder as to how quickly attitudes towards women, not just in Australia but in many parts of the western world, changed between 1965 and 1975. The rise of feminism is depicted both via an exemplary use of archive footage, much of it revelatory, and also by means of interviews with many of the women who, 50 years ago, were at the forefront of women’s liberation and who, it must be said, have aged with distinction and grace.'  (Introduction)

Brazen Hussies Review - Reclaiming the History of Australia's Women's Liberation Movement Kath Kenny , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 5 November 2020;

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV
'Traversing the rise of second-wave feminism, Catherine Dwyer’s documentary is an important contribution to an overlooked past.'
Brazen Hussies : A New Film Captures the Heady, Turbulent Power of Australia’s Women’s Liberation Movement Sally Breen , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 6 October 2020;

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV

'The moment feminist author Kate Jennings took to the microphone at a moratorium on the front lawn of Sydney University in 1970 is presented as a galvanising catalyst of Australia’s women’s liberation movement in Catherine Dwyer’s documentary film Brazen Hussies.'

Brazen Hussies : A New Film Captures the Heady, Turbulent Power of Australia’s Women’s Liberation Movement Sally Breen , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 6 October 2020;

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV

'The moment feminist author Kate Jennings took to the microphone at a moratorium on the front lawn of Sydney University in 1970 is presented as a galvanising catalyst of Australia’s women’s liberation movement in Catherine Dwyer’s documentary film Brazen Hussies.'

Brazen Hussies Review - Reclaiming the History of Australia's Women's Liberation Movement Kath Kenny , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 5 November 2020;

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV
'Traversing the rise of second-wave feminism, Catherine Dwyer’s documentary is an important contribution to an overlooked past.'
Revelatory, Celebratory Women’s Lib David Stratton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 November 2020; (p. 13)

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV

'Catherine Dwyer’s excellent documentary, Brazen Hussies, is a timely reminder as to how quickly attitudes towards women, not just in Australia but in many parts of the western world, changed between 1965 and 1975. The rise of feminism is depicted both via an exemplary use of archive footage, much of it revelatory, and also by means of interviews with many of the women who, 50 years ago, were at the forefront of women’s liberation and who, it must be said, have aged with distinction and grace.'  (Introduction)

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