Two university law students, Marlowe and Neil, decide to turn one of their degree assignments into a play about the passing of the 1984 Sex Discrimination Act. They recruit another student, Olga, who is intensely hostile towards feminists and sees the whole thing as a wonderful way to send up the generation she calls ‘gender terrorists’.

As the assignment progresses, their own personal flaws, feelings, contradictions and problems in regard to their personal relationships are revealed, and their understanding and estimation of the achievements of the legislation changes. But for Olga, who keeps being visited by a pesky Germaine Greer in her dreams, the process reveals unpleasant truths about herself and her lover and propels her toward a change that is both irrevocable and life changing.

Intercut with these scenes of the young adults in the present, are dramatised scenes of the passage of the legislation involving all the historical participants in the real-life drama - Senator Susan Ryan, representatives of the group Women Who Want to Be Women, Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Opposition Spokesman Ian McPhee, and others.

A timely examination of the struggles of feminism in a ‘turkey slapping’ 21st Century, and a confrontation of Australia as the only country in the Western world without a constitutionally guaranteed Bill of Rights.

  • naturalism meets magic realism
  • 120
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • history
  • 16 to 18
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 63

EXTRACT: knew the world might listen if we told it. Because the world is not about what is said but who it is that's saying it. And that's the hardest, hardest hurdle to still get over. Because what I've discovered is this. The feminists all thought that if you could only say what was true and do what was clever and be what was fair then you could have it all. But the world isn't fair. Not to men or to women. And that what you say and how it's received is entirely and utterly dependant on who you are.

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