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Sheilas: 28 Years On

Film (Full Length) – 2004

Twenty eight years after featuring in landmark feminist documentary series Women, five interviewees reveal how their lives have changed. Donna Awatere Huata, Miriam Cameron, Sandi Hall, Aloma Parker and Marcia Russell candidly discuss work, sex, the media and Māori in this 70 minute documentary. Artist Cameron recalls how feminists were seen in the 1970s: "she was a braless, hairy, fat hag". Journalist Russell remembers not being allowed to work past 11pm because she was a woman, while psychologist Parker felt liberated by feminist Germaine Greer's refusal to wear a bra.

I'd heard about burning the bra and there was Germaine, a full grown woman, I think it was probably the first time I'd ever seen a woman not wearing a bra. It really was, in some sense, really liberating to think that you didn't have to constrain yourself.
– Psychologist Aloma Parker on Germaine Greer in the early 1970s


Made with funding from NZ On Air

Thanks to Sally Hollis-McLeod and Broadsheet Collective, Stuff/Auckland Star and The New Zealand Herald (Thursday magazine)


Music composed by Sean Donnelly (SJD)

'Colin Meccano' and 'Trubble' composed and performed by SJD, from album Lost Soul Music (Round Trip Mars Records)