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May 14, 2015 11:05 EST

Jobs For Women – the feature film: the incredible true story of a diverse group of women who ignite a campaign that changes Australia forever

iCrowdNewswire - May 14, 2015

Jobs For Women – the feature film

By Paul Benedek, Mel Barnes, Jill Hickson and Robynne Murphy

The story of the project

Jobs for Women is the incredible true story of a diverse group of women who ignite a campaign that changes Australia forever.
What begins as a handful of women confronting the country’s richest and most powerful company, grows into a community-wide battle from the factory gates to the highest court in Australia. 

An inspiring story as rich in humour as in rebellion, Jobs for Women shows how solidarity can not only overcome the biggest hurdles, but can change the world.


[Jobs For Women protesters in the early 1980s]

Yet this amazing true story of liberation is virtually unknown.

We need your help to turn this inspiring, humorous and moving story into a dramatic feature film.

A film about equality, justice, solidarity and camaraderie.

A film full of action and conflict, twists and turns, passion and humour, that deserves to be seen.

A film who’s heroes are not politicians nor celebrities nor figureheads, but ordinary working class women, from diverse backgrounds, who work together to challenge a seemingly unbeatable foe.

A film that will anger and inspire us, and will make us laugh and cry. 

Join us to help make Australia’s answer to Pride  and Made in Dagenham!

How the funds will be used

OK, so Hollywood won’t be throwing millions to make the Jobs for Women film…no comic book heroes here – just working class ones. No women as princess or victim or accessory for men – just women collectively taking on a goliath opponent.

So making an inspiring and entertaining feature film will itself be a battle not unlike the against-the-odds struggle to be depicted in the film. This will be a people-powered film – you are that power!


[Protest outside BHP Annual General Meeting]

To entirely fund the film, we need to raise between $300,000 and $500,000 from all sources. Sounds like a lot, right? In the film world, that’s microbudget. It needs to cover development, script, casting, actors, rehearsals, technical crew, feature film equipment hire, catering, locations, props, music, editing and other post production, royalties, insurance, legals, marketing & much more.

Your funds are essential! The $25,000 will mean:
* $6000 can be used to finalise research and complete the script
* $4000 can cover script workshoping, auditions, rehearsals, and shoot preparations
* $5000 will pay for at least half our professional feature film equipment costs (camera, lighting, audio)
* $5000 will allow us to start hiring technical crew
* $5000 will allow us to start securing actors for the film

Essentially, you’ll be getting us to the point where our finger will be poised over the record button!

You’ll also be providing a foundation for the film, and showing that people want this film made.

This will be a huge help to secure other funding including through:
– cultural grants from a range of arts bodies 
– funding and offsets from film organisations such as Screen NSW and Screen Australia
– contributions from social justice bodies such as women’s rights groups, trade unions, legal aid and anti-discrimination organisations, 
– substantial donor individuals and potential investors in the film
– fundraising events and merchandise

In a sense, your contribution could be doubled, tripled or more!

Your funds will ensure that the Jobs For Women film will be a thoroughly professional, high quality, must-see production that this story deserves.

Some of my other work

The group producing the Jobs For Women film includes filmmakers, writers, and some of those from the struggle itself. 

Crucial to the team are key participants from the campaign, who have long wanted to make this film, and are a driving force behind the project. Having taken on BHP and fought over 14 years, they are pretty awesome to have on our side!

The filmmakers in the team made the 2014 award-winning Radical Wollongong, voted ‘best in festival’ at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. Between them there is decades of experience in making both short and long form films, especially around social justice issues including women’s rights, Aboriginal justice, and international works from Palestine to East Timor. Some of the filmmakers also work at Art Resistance, an organisation that makes videos for health, education, welfare, community and women’s organisations and trade unions.

Writers in the group have written screenplays and authored books, including a soon-to-be released book on the Jobs For Women campaign, plus books on feminism, politics, trade unions, history and more.

All those involved are passionate about the Jobs For Women story, and the project to bring it to life in film. Check out the Jobs For Women team on our website.

Challenges

The strength of this film is the amazing story, and the people and organisations that lived and created it. 

The biggest challenge to get that story out is the funds needed to do the film justice. Much sweat, tears and hopefully a limited amount of blood will be expended for the film in a volunteer capacity. Yet there are considerable costs – for full time crew, for key actors, for first rate equipment, for real life locations, for proper production, and much more – that simply have to be paid. 

By assured that, no matter what, we WILL make a Jobs For Women film! If we can’t get the backing needed to make the feature drama, the team is 100% committed to making a feature doco-drama, which would still be a ripper film.

However our preference is to truely bring this story to life as a dramatic film, and to get it to the broadest audience possible. The funding challenge is also an opportunity. By the ‘crowd’ kicking off the project, and by seeking support from other avenues, we are eager for many partners and supporters to come on board the exciting journey to make this film. 

Stay in Touch

As with the Jobs For Women struggle, collective support is essential to this project. Whether you can donate or not to our crowdfunding campaign, please stay up to date with the project by joining our newsletter list, liking us on Facebook, and consider sharing this campaign among your networks.
Jobs For Women film newsletter sign-up
Jobs For Women film Facebook page
Jobs For Women film website

[Below: Tent Embassy at the front of BHP, Wollongong, 1980]
 

Project Team

Paul Benedek

Sydney, Australia Message

Activist and filmmaker, co-director of Radical Wollongong (winner Best in Festival at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival), helped found Green Left TV.

Mel Barnes

Wollongong, New South Wales

Jill Hickson

Sydney, Australia

Contact Information:

Paul Benedek
Mel Barnes
Jill Hickson
Robynne Murphy

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