“Women of Steel” — BHP in Wollongong

Film director Robynne Murphy came to one of our meetings in 2019 (read about this below), with news about her film “Women of Steel”, at that time still in the making.

Since then the film has been completed and last year it was a documentary finalist in the Sydney Film Festival. “Women of Steel” also won the History Council of NSW’s 2020 Applied History Award; and was a finalist in the 2020 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Best Documentary awards, in the two categories of History, and Social & Political Issues.

Recently a number of Vintage Reds found they had all had the same excellent idea and booked tickets to see the film at Smith’s in Alinga Street. It’s a wonderful story, beautifully told, and the audience went away uplifted and impressed by what can be achieved by people coming together with a common purpose. It was particularly moving that most of the women were migrants and took on a reluctant and powerful company (BHP) in a second language.

Robynne’s work life defies categorisation – she is a volunteer driver in the Nelligen Rural Fire Service truck and worked hard protecting her community in last summer’s terrible fire season.

You can rent this film from FanForce, which has a system to get good films out to viewers so long as a group can sell enough tickets.

At the moment the film is screening at the following venues:

Palace Cinemas Norton St NSW, 24th March, 6:00 pm
LongPlay Bar & Cinema VIC, 24th March, 6:30 pm
Perry St Cinema NSW, 29th March, 6:00 pm 
Roxy Cinema Nowra NSW, 16th April, 6:30 pm 
Palace Cinemas Norton St NSW, 21st April, 7:00 pm 
Ritz Cinemas Randwick NSW, 28th April, 7:00 pm