Author of Fight Like A Girl (mandatory reading for every female on the planet), Google Clem and you’ll understand quickly the definition of guts and tenacity.
On the days when I think as women, we are nowhere, I go and read Clem. She is the literary equivalent of the badass Amazon Warriors from Wonder Woman. And she’s on your side.
In an age of dumbed down media, Fran’s sharp intellect and journalistic excellence in the area of current affairs and politics are a standout.
When covering the Labor Party leadership battle between Bob Hawke and Paul Keating in 1991, Fran notes “I remember standing in the pack in the corridor outside the PM’s office, and being right up at the front of the crush, asking questions of Kim Beazley. I also remember not being intimidated, which is when I realised that this was probably the job for me.”
Unapologetically terrifying federal politicians ever since, Fran hosts the ABC’s Radio National program, Breakfast.
A Principal and Board member at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Liberty’s long list of legal achievements is epic, but that isn’t the hat she’s wearing at this event.
A long time campaigner and advocate for women via her involvement and leadership on various boards and associations made her an excellent choice as the Chair of the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council created by the Victorian Government to promote gender equality across the public and private sector. You know that thing about Knowledge being Power? You’ll get to see that up close and personal with Liberty on the panel.
Jane Castle, Australian Filmmaker
‘When the Camera Stopped Rolling‘
a film by Jane Castle
All donations to the film are 100% tax-deductible.
Lilias Fraser: a remarkable pioneer of Australian film who overcame enormous personal challenges to make over forty films at a time when most women were still in the kitchen.
Her inspiring, moving story is told by her younger daughter, Jane Castle, using the rich textures of an unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history.
Lilias’s trailblazing career begins in 1957 on the shores of Moreton Bay where she single-handedly photographs her stunning first film, ‘The Beach’. She pretends to be a man to get her film processed and despite high praise for her work she is barred from employment because of her gender.
Undaunted, she goes to Paris to study film at the height of the French New Wave, then returns to Australia to juggle children, a difficult marriage and an almost exclusively male industry to build a body of work that rivals the most prolific filmmakers in the country, even today.
Lilias’s films were imbued with her trademark optimism, and despite being constrained by the ‘bread and butter’ documentaries of the times, she persevered in the crucible of heavy industry to push the form to a new level. Taking it all in her stride, she made Australia’s first land rights film, exposed the plight of women in remote mining towns and became a role model for the feminist filmmakers of the 1970s and beyond.
Her daughter picks up where her mother left off to make this poignant insider’s view of an unheralded Australian pioneer.
On The Night
Networking Women is delighted to contribute to the making of ‘When The Camera Stops Rolling’ by providing guests with an opportunity to make a donation via Eventbrite*. Lilias Fraser is an incredible feminist icon who’s story we can’t wait hear.
Award-winning filmmaker and director of When the Camera Stopped Rolling, Jane Castle, will mentor a Girl Gang of young women filmmakers to capture and post highlights of the evening on social media as they happen.
*NOTE: Donations via Eventbrite are NOT Tax Deductible. If you require a receipt for tax purposes, please donate HERE.
Our Book Partner
About Better Read Than Dead
For our two decades Better Read Than Dead bookshop has thrived in the heart of Newtown’s King Street, which houses a vibrant, diverse community and offers one of the most eclectic shopping experiences in Sydney.
The shop is a literary landmark that nourishes the neighbourhood’s intellectual dynamics with an extensive, yet specially curated, collection of books. Better Read hosts regular author and community events, which you can find out about at www.betterreadevents.com.
A Note from Steph
Better Read Than Dead is, and always will be, a safe space to share in and celebrate a love of stories. We’re thrilled to be working with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association and publishers Allen & Unwin Australia to bring Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl, to this landmark event.
Ford’s book was our bestselling non-fiction title of 2016, and continues to fly off the shelves in our store – inspiring young Australians and providing us booksellers with an go-to title when anyone asks for Australia’s best book on feminism.
Books will be available for purchase on the night and Clem will be delighted to sign your copy.