1966. Helen Reddy arrives in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. She had been told she'd 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 confident. Lillian 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 ...
The Helen Reddy Story and the song that inspired a revolution
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Did You Know?
Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia, said: "-'I Am Woman' has all the ingredients to make for a stellar Australian feature film about an extraordinary and ground breaking Australian singer, Helen Reddy, who wrote and sang the song that became the anthem for the women's movement in the '70s, and still resonates today. The film has a poignant and fascinating screenplay from Emma Jensen, precise vision from director, Unjoo Moon, producing acumen from Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures, high production values from director of photography Dion Beebe, and is topped off with two amazing young Australian actresses, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Danielle Macdonald." See more