Strong Female Lead: viscerally powerful film lets the Gillard years speak for themselves

New documentary in the style of 2019’s The Final Quarter examines the sexism faced by Australia’s first female prime minister

Australian viewers who are relatively au fait with the rough and tumble of politics in this country are unlikely to be surprised by what they see in Strong Female Lead, a new documentary exploring the sexism experienced by Julia Gillard during her tenure as our first female prime minister. We could hardly forget, though we may wish to, various instances of stomach-turning media and political discourse – from Tony Abbott appearing in front of a crowd that held signs reading “Ditch the Witch” and “Bob Brown’s Bitch” to infamous tirades from the likes of Alan Jones, who called for Gillard to be put in a chaff bag and dumped at sea and suggested her father had “died of shame”.

, Strong Female Lead: viscerally powerful film lets the Gillard years speak for themselves, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

There is something viscerally powerful, however – something that hits you right in the kisser – about watching it all strung together as one long, single narrative sequence.

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