Sheilas: 28 Years On
Director Dawn Hutchesson, Annie Goldson
With Donna Awatere-Huata, Miriam Cameron, Sandi Hall, Merata Mita, Aloma Parker, Marcia Russell
Cinematography Maire Gunn
Following a 7-Up formula, Shelias: 28 Years On charts the history of second-wave feminism in New Zealand, based around a number of women who appeared in the 1976 documentary Women. Produced at the radical height of the women’s movement, Women was an unflinching look at the feminist issues of the day: including violence against women, sexuality, employment, media and indigenous issues. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is undertaking the full preservation of the ground-breaking series Women stay tuned for news and screening dates.
Donna Awatere-Huata, Miriam Cameron, Sandi Hall, Merata Mita, Aloma Parker, Marcia Russell tell stories of their activism and of their lives, and reflect on tghe role of women in today’s society.
“TVNZ’s 1976 series Women is an invaluably detailed time capsule from the era when, to quote Miriam Cameron, New Zealand women let it be known that they ‘were pissed off with being left out’. In 2004 TV One has commissioned filmmakers Annie Goldson (Punitive Damage) and Dawn Hutchesson to appraise the impact of feminism over the intervening years on five of the women from that series. Intercutting then with now, in the infallibly gripping manner of the 7-Up series, they catch up with artist Miriam Cameron, therapist Aloma Parker (seen precisely enunciating ‘clitoris’ on 70s television), novelist and lesbian (then a married copywriter) Sandi Hall, editor and broadcaster Marcia Russell, and activist/ACTivist Donna Awatere-Huata. While most now quail at early feminist extremism, all clearly acknowledge sisterhood as a vital key to their considerable individual accomplishments." — Bill Gosden, NZIFF, 2014