A rousing documentary, many years in the making, that follows a group of determined local women in their 14-year fight for the right to work in Wollongong’s steel industry.
Forty years ago, Wollongong’s Jobs for Women Campaign, with director Robynne Murphy among its leaders, took on Australia’s most powerful company BHP – and won. But when the 1980s steel
slump devastated the city’s economy, the women were forced into the courtroom. Their struggle plays out against a background of societal changes: from anti-discrimination legislation, to the shifting roles of women in the home and workforce (particularly complex in Wollongong’s migrant, non-English speaking households). This
fascinating account of the largely forgotten history of Australia’s Steel
City was crafted over decades with support from local community
volunteers and over 500 donors.
Robynne Murphy was selected for AFTRS’s first intake. As other students moved into feature films, Murphy started a thirty-year
career at the Port Kembla steelworks before beginning this