Documentary Australia Foundation: Approved!
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AWU National Executive: Fundraising Dinner - February 2018
Women of Steel: News
NEWS UPDATE December 10, 2019
WOMEN OF STEEL is almost at “fine cut” stage — the point at which composer, Jan Preston can begin creating her final music for the film. While until now, the images in the film have been low resolution copies, once the fine cut is "locked off”, we can obtain (and pay for!) the corresponding high resolution files from the many archives and individuals who own the originals.
It’s all digital these days, of course, and it will be quite an organisational task to get all the right numbers into the computer! After this, we travel to Tasmania where documentary maestro Michael Gissing will create the film’s final sound track and colour grade.
WOMEN OF STEEL is progressing well, although on November 26th Australia's growing climate emergency hit the production hard. Since that time, the entire attention of producer/director Robynne Murphy has been focussed on the Nelligen and Currowan bushfires. She is one of the few members of small Nelligan fire brigade who can drive the big fire truck and has been facing harrowing situations. The Currowan fire is now nearly 80,000 hectares in size and still out of control as the drought deepens, the New South Wales coast continue to dry out, and the fires continue around us.
We can’t thank Robynne enough for her efforts and hope she remains safe.
Meanwhile, the team has been joined by an additional editor, Rowena Crowe, and retired graphic designer, Mystery Carnage.
As consulting producer, I too have been doing what I can to fill the gaps but a film needs its producer/director for final creative decisions and necessarily awaits Robynne’s return.
Fortunately, it appears that the demands on the Nelligen Fire Brigade have some prospect of easing before Christmas and, if Robynne can get away now and then, we still hope to meet our goal of completing the film in March.
As we enter the costly phase of obtaining copyright for our archival footage, we thank the supporters of the film very much but also ask you all to think further of WOMEN OF STEEL.
Perhaps if everyone were to find just one more person to contribute, the burden of fundraising at this difficult time would be eased.
In Australia, tax-deductible donations can be made through the Documentary Australia Foundation
In the United States through Women Make Movies
We are very pleased that Women Make Movies is sponsoring WOMEN OF STEEL.
They are a well-established and prestigious organisation with a very effective distribution arm.
Best wishes for a happy festive season.
- From consulting producer, Martha Ansara
NEWS UPDATE: July 15th 2019
Our new fundraising trailer is here! (to the left)
Check it out! And please share with all your friends!
We are on the home stretch of this important documentary film, hoping to complete Women of Steel by the end of this year!
We've engaged a wonderful woman film composer AND one of the best picture and sound mixers. More on that later!
You can find us on Facebook under the title:
"Women of Steel - the film"
We've had excellent feedback on our rough cut, we're busily editing this down, with one of the major feedbacks being we purchase not just Australian archival publishing rights, but world rights, as we know there is international interest (UK, Canada). Big ask, as the costs will double for purchasing copyright, but we think we can get to the finishing line with our supporters' assistance!
HELP US FINISH THE FLIM