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screen australia and whimn.com.au announce the recipients of doco180 s2

04/07/2018

04 07 2018 - Media release screen australia and whimn.com.au announce the recipients of doco180 s2

Hawanatu Bangura and Erin McBean

Screen Australia and News Digital Networks Australia's whimn.com.au have today announced the five recipients of the second series of Doco180. With a maximum 180 seconds, the winners must create documentaries designed to make viewers do a 180' on topics important to Australian women.

We know there are a million ways to be a woman today, so naturally there are so many topics and issues that tug the heart strings, jerk those tears and fire up women to press for progress, said Melissa Shedden, Editor whimn.com.au. We were hugely impressed by the insightful and compelling pitches from this year's Doco180 entrants, which made it hard to select the final recipients. We re very proud to be able to offer these talented female storytellers the chance to share these important issues with the whimn.com.au audience. Based on the success of Doco180 in 2017 achieving over 1.8 million views across the series we re keen to see what 2018 has in store.

Each team has addressed a range of universal female issues, ranging from body hair and body image, to the reality of gender parity in small business ownership. The Doco 180 season two documentary makers are:

Blue Lucine and Mariel Thomas' (NSW) project Asking For It aims to investigate the fear, shame and intimidation that prevents most sexual assault victims from ever taking legal action.

Can you be a solo mum and still have it all? Director Erin McBean and writer Holly Zwalf (NSW) will create Mother/Lover looking at what exactly it means, these days, to truly have it all'?

In A Hairy Problem director Rebecca Thomson (TAS) will address women's body hair and how it is still a topic of much public discussion, judgment and shaming. The documentary intends to question if it should be anyone else's business whether a woman chooses to mow or grow.

As a female business owner and filmmaker, Laura Clelland (QLD) believes the fight for gender parity has seen the rise of a girls club where women support other women. In Together She Succeeds, Laura s putting her beliefs to the test to discover if there is a darker reality to acknowledge.

Filmmaker and social worker Hawanatu Bangura (NSW) will direct Inner Demons, unpacking whether being a curvy woman is a blessing or curse. Hawanatu's film will follow her subject Rosaline, depicting her tug-of-war story and how she banished her demons to become a celebrated mixed race plus size model.

Each team will receive $6,000 to bring their project to life and will be supported by a Screen Australia Investment Development Manager through the entirety of the process.

We're proud to partner with whimn.com.au for a second year on this important initiative to encourage female storytellers in the documentary field, said Liz Stevens, Senior Manager of Documentary at Screen Australia. Now more than ever we need to see informative and passionate content by Australian women to shed light and challenge gender stereotypes. These three minute documentaries have the potential to reach a large online audience through the Whimn platform.

The Doco180 selected projects will be housed on whimn.com.au and its associated social channels exclusively for 12 months from October 2018.

Rebecca Thomson and Laura Clelland

DOCO180 SEASON TWO (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) A HAIRY PROBLEM

Producer Rebecca Thomson

Director Rebecca Thomson

Synopsis Women's body hair is still a topic of much public discussion, judgment and shaming. But why is it anyone else's business whether a woman chooses to mow or to grow?!

ASKING FOR IT

Producer Mariel Thomas

Director Blue Lucine

Synopsis Fear, shame and intimidation prevent most sexual assault victims from ever taking legal action. How is it that the phrase asking for it still seems to have a place in society today?

INNER DEMONS

Producer Taylor Litton-Strain

Director Hawanatu Bangura

Synopsis We all have our inner demons, but is being a curvy woman a blessing or curse? We see Rosaline's tug-of-war story and how she banished her demons to become a celebrated mixed race plus size model.

MOTHER/LOVER

Writer Holly Zwalf

Producer Erin McBean

Synopsis Can you be a solo mum and still have it all? And what exactly does it mean, these days, to truly have it all'?

TOGETHER SHE SUCCEEDS

Producers Sam Weingott, Sascha Shipley

Director Laura Clelland

Synopsis As a female business owner and filmmaker, Laura Clelland believes the fight for gender parity has seen the rise of a girls club where women support other women - but she s putting her beliefs to the test to discover if there is a darker reality to acknowledge.

Season one of Doco180 can be viewed for free here

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