The night before International Women's Day at Village Cinemas Crown, staff from Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and Secret Sounds alongside our friends from across the music industry came together for a special screening of music documentary film Her Sound Her Story.
Made across four years, the film features more than 45 conversations with artists spanning six decades of Australian music. Covering representation in all its facets – from representation on festival lineups, to barriers including age and motherhood, as well as Australia's relationship with Indigenous artists – there were new insights and moments of thought and reflection shared by all in attendance.
Roger Field, Live Nation Australasia's Chief Executive Officer highlighted the importance of the film. "Her Sound Her Story is a powerfully crafted documentary that takes a very honest look at the Australian Music industry from the perspective of a rich pool of female and gender non-binary professionals.
"Not only is the film effective in discussing the issue of gender imbalance in a constructive and non-confrontational way, but it also raises other important issues such as the glass ceiling of age, and the challenges faced by Indigenous artists. The film is guaranteed to fuel important and over-due discussion and action”.
We were also lucky enough to be joined by the filmmakers, Claudia Sangiogi Dalimore and Michelle Grace Hunder, who answered questions from those in attendance to give further insight into the filmmaking process and highlight what they hoped – and still hope – to achieve from bringing the film to new audiences.
Of the night, Michelle Grace Hunder said, "We are both so grateful to Live Nation Entertainment Australia for supporting a screening of our film Her Sound, Her Story for all of their employees on International Women's Day.
"It’s been really amazing for us to see the impact the film is having across the industry and these types of screening go a long way to helping people understand the true complexity of gender diversity in Australia and what we need to do to achieve a more diverse and wonderful music industry.”
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