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Kinema presents: Women of Steel – the fight for the right to work at BHP - Dec 16th

Narooma Kinema will be showing Women of Steel on Wednesday 16th December at 7pm.

This inspiring documentary was made by 350 Eurobodalla member and Nelligen resident Robynne Murphy. Robynne has generously given 350 Eurobodalla a donation for each ticket sold.

Women of Steel is the powerful story of women who took on BHP to demand and get jobs in the steelworks at Port Kembla. They never gave up, they had faith in their strength as a group of strong women with the community backing them.



Ticketing page: https://fan-force.com/screenings/women-of-steel-narooma-kinema/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721720897976196

Tickets to the screening are $23 each including the $2 booking fee and $1 fundraiser donation to 350 Eurobodalla. There are only 90 seats available at the Kinema, so get in fast if you’d like to come.

********************************** On Friday 6 November, Women of Steel, directed by Nelligan film maker Robynne Murphy, was awarded the History Council of NSW’s 2020 Macquarie PHA Applied History Award and was praised by the History Council judges for its informative, gritty, evocative and powerful presentation of history.

Women of Steel is a rousing story about the 1980-1994 campaign by Wollongong women for jobs in the BHP-AIS steel works.  Robynne was a 30-year career steelworker whose jobs at the Port Kembla plant included welder, crane driver, and hot strip mill operator. Women of Steel, is the personal story of the campaign sustained by Robynne Murphy and hundreds of other local women for the right to work at BHP is exciting, moving and often humourous. Robynne's jobs at the Port Kembla plant included welder, crane driver, and hot strip mill operator.

The film will make its Union Premiere at the ACTU Activist Conference on Wednesday 18th November before travelling around the country.

It is an important and now sometimes forgotten episode in Australia’s history and Robynne left a promising career as a young filmmaker (she was selected for AFTRS’s very first intake) when she became caught up in the Jobs for Women Campaign.

Women of Steel has been awarded the History Council of NSW’s 2020 Macquarie PHA Applied History Award and was praised by the History Council judges for its informative, gritty, evocative and powerful presentation of history.

Women of Steel was recently a finalist in the prestigious $10,000 Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. This is Robynne’s second film to be featured in the Sydney Film Festival; her first was in 1974.

Women of Steel is also a finalist in Best Documentary – History and Best Documentary – Social & Political Issues categories of the 2020 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards.

That Robynne could return to filmmaking so successfully after so many years is a testimony not only to her talents but also to the exciting nature of the events that took place in Wollongong during the 1980s.

Today, Robynne continues to work in a non-traditional job, albeit now as a volunteer. She drives the truck for her RFS brigade and was on the ground all through the 2019-2020 fires on the far south coast of NSW.

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.


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