|I Am Woman|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Unjoo Moon|
|Written by||Emma Jensen|
|Music by||Rafael May|
|Edited by||Dany Cooper|
|Distributed by||Stan (Australia) |
Quiver Distribution (U.S.)
I Am Woman is a 2019 Australian biographical film about singer Helen Reddy, directed and produced by Unjoo Moon, from a screenplay by Emma Jensen. Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as Reddy alongside Evan Peters, as her manager husband Jeff Wald, and Danielle Macdonald as rock writer Lilian Roxon.
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. The film follows her troubled relationships with Roxon, author of the influential Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia, and husband/manager Wald, who also managed such artists as Sylvester Stallone, Donna Summer, Deep Purple and Tiny Tim.
- Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Helen Reddy
- Evan Peters as Jeff Wald
- Danielle Macdonald as Lilian Roxon
- Molly Broadstock as Traci
- Coco Greenstone as young Traci
- Chris Parnell as Artie Mogull
- Jordan Raskopoulos as George Sylvia
- Matty Cardarople as Roy Meyer
- Liam Douglas as Jordan
- Chelsea Cullen as the singing voice of Helen Reddy
Reddy lived in a care facility in LA before her death one month after the film's Australian release, and her family advised the filmmakers on the project. Moon said she felt great responsibility to Helen to ensure the story was told sensitively: "Before we locked the movie off, Producer Rosemary Blight (Goalpost Pictures) and I felt very strongly that we needed to show the movie to Helen and her family. We did a screening for Helen, her ex-husband Jeff Wald, and her two children. As a filmmaker, sitting in the cinema with Helen Reddy was, and it’s probably going to be, one of the hardest screenings I had to do for the film. I suddenly realised that this is her life and she was watching it through my eyes. During the screening, Helen sang along to her songs, and when she cried, it wasn’t because she was sad that we made the movie, she cried because she found the whole experience so touching, and I think really cathartic in a way."
Screen Australia is the principal investor in the film, alongside Cowlick Entertainment, and arts body Create NSW, with further funding from the Goodship Women's Fund, which supports films with strong social change messaging.
It was reported on 31 March 2020 (before the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic was known) that I Am Woman was scheduled for release in Australia by Transmission Films, in North America through Aqute Media, and elsewhere by Metropolitan (France), Nos (Portugal), Inopia (Spain), Videovision (South Africa), Front Row (Middle East), Bliss Media (China), Scene & Sound (South Korea), Ale Kino+ (Poland), VTI (former Yugoslavia), Cineplex (Taiwan), Golden A Entertainment (Thailand) and Cinesky (airlines).
Premiere screenings were shown at cinemas around Adelaide (star Cobham-Hervey's home town) from 22 to 23 August 2020, presented by the Adelaide Film Festival. It streams throughout Australia on the Stan platform from 28 August 2020.
As of September 2020[update] the film holds an approval rating of 77% based on 26 reviews on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.99/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "I Am Woman sticks disappointingly close to standard biopic formula, but Tilda Cobham-Hervey's performance keeps this affectionate, watchable tribute from falling flat."
Indiewire declared the film “a cut above other genre entries”, while David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter described it as “entertaining and sharply packaged” with “considerable appeal”. He said of Cobham-Hervey's performance: "The crucial thing is that you really root for Helen — to make it in the first place and then to make it through a nightmarish marriage and come out unbroken. The luminous Cobham-Hervey has you in the corner of this smart, pragmatic, quietly driven woman all the way."
Toronto movie review site That Shelf called it a “sure fire crowd pleaser”.
Moon was awarded the Athena Breakthrough Award at the Athena Film Festival.
|AACTA Awards (10th)||Best Film||Rosemary Blight||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Tilda Cobham-Hervey||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Dany Cooper||Nominated|
|Best Original Music Score||Rafael May||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Robert Mackenzie||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Richie Dehne||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Emily Seresin||Nominated|
|Best Hair and Makeup||Nikki Gooley||Nominated|
|Wendy de Waal||Nominated|
|Best Casting||Nikki Barrett||Nominated|
|I Am Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||21 August 2020|
|Label||Goalpost, Sony Music Australia|
|1.||"I Am Woman" (1989 version)||Chelsea Cullen||3:41|
|2.||"I Don't Know How to Love Him"||Chelsea Cullen||3:20|
|3.||"That's All"||Chelsea Cullen||4:27|
|4.||"Leave Me Alone"||Chelsea Cullen||3:42|
|5.||"Delta Dawn"||Chelsea Cullen||2:50|
|6.||"You and Me Against the World"||Chelsea Cullen||2:46|
|7.||"Angie Baby"||Chelsea Cullen||3:31|
|8.||"Love Song for Jeffrey"||Chelsea Cullen||2:43|
|9.||"Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady"||Chelsea Cullen||3:21|
|11.||"I Am Woman" (1972 version)||Chelsea Cullen||3:22|
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