I AM WOMAN Special Screenings

I AM WOMAN

1966. Helen Reddy arrives in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Helen had been told she had won a recording contract, but the record company promptly dashes her hopes by telling her it has enough female stars and suggests she has fun in New York before returning home to Australia.

Helen, without a visa, decides to stay in New York anyway and pursue a singing career, struggling to make ends meet and provide for her daughter. There she befriends legendary rock journalist Lillian Roxon, who becomes her closest confidante, and inspires her to write and sing the iconic song “I Am Woman,” which becomes the anthem for the second wave feminist movement and galvanises a generation of women to fight for change.

She also meets Jeff Wald, a young aspiring talent manager who becomes her agent and husband. Jeff helps her get to the top, but he also suffers from a drug addiction, which gradually turns their relationship toxic. Caught in the treadmill of fame and dependent on Jeff to manage her professional life, Helen finds the strength to take control of her own career and keep pursuing her dreams.

Accessibility: CCAP/VI/HI

Born in South Korea and raised in Australia, Unjoo Moon studied Arts/Law at the University of NSW before working at ABC TV as an on-air reporter. Her passion for storytelling led her to the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) where she not only won the Kenneth Myer Producing award but where she also met her partner, Oscar®-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe. Together they moved to Los Angeles where Unjoo attended the American Film Institute, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts and the Franklin J Schaffner Directing Award. Unjoo has directed and produced many award-winning short films, music videos, commercials and documentaries which have screened internationally at film festivals and on network television.

Details

Country: Australia

Year: 2019

Director: Unjoo Moon

Screenwriter: Emma Jensen

Producers: Rosemary Blight, Unjoo Moon

Executive Producers: Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Cass O'Connor, Tracey Mair, Marcus Bolton, Sharon Harel, Maya Amsellem

Director of Photography: Dion Beebe

Editor: Dany Cooper

Production Designer: Michael Turner

Music: Rafael May

Cast/Featuring: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Danielle Macdonald, Evan Peters

Running Time (minutes): 116

Language : English

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