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The Spring 2021 Menzies Screening series concludes with a very timely documentary from filmmaker Catherine Dwyer, who will join us after the film for a live Q&A.


Brazen Hussies celebrates the legacy of the bold women who re-ignited the feminist revolution in Australia, tracing how the Australian Women’s Liberation Movement was born amidst the tumultuous politics of the 1960s, and influenced by the anti-war, anti-imperialist, and civil rights movements worldwide. The film combines a treasure trove of startling archive footage with personal photographs, memorabilia and lively accounts from activists, and shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change – whilst contributing to one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century.


This Menzies Screening is free (UK viewers only), and will take place live and online via Eventive. It will be followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, Catherine Dwyer, chaired by Menzies Screenings curator, Stephen Morgan. If you miss the live session, there will also be an opportunity to watch the film and recorded Q&A for a limited period after the event.

This screening is presented in partnership with

London Australian Film Society & Festival.





Catherine Dwyer was inspired to make a film about the history of the Women’s Movement in Australia through her experience working on Mary Dore’s critically acclaimed and award winning documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014) - the story of the US Women’s Liberation Movement. She was also the Impact Producer on Freedom Stories (2016), a documentary that explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum, and has directed and edited music videos and shorts.


Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the cultural history of British and Australian cinema and the broader intersections of Empire and nation within settler and Indigenous cinemas. As well as serving as the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute, he is also the Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.