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I Am Woman

Over on Netflix currently is the biopic of Helen Reddy I Am Woman which we loved watching. Far from being the usual cheesefest as some of these films can be it was not just a great story but a fascinating look at the rise of feminism in the seventies.

From her arrival in New York from Australia to her turbulent marriage to her manager and from living hand to mouth to being an international singing sensation, Helen Reddy’s rollercoaster life is examined and her character is played beautifully by Tilda Cobham-Hervey. The film opens with Reddy, aged 24, arriving in New York in 1966 with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and just US$230.Within five years she had become one of the biggest superstars of her time, with eight number one US singles, her own hourly TV show and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, which adopted her power anthem I Am Woman.

It also follows her troubled relationships with Lillian Roxon, author of the influential Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia now a collector’s item, and husband/manager Jeff Wald, who also managed such artists as Sylvester Stallone, Donna Summer, Deep Purple and Tiny Tim.

Watch the trailer HERE

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