Transmission Films has released the trailer for the May 21st release of I Am Woman, the Helen Reddy story.
Originally from Melbourne, in 1966, Helen Reddy landed in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, who wrote a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.
The biopic stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, and is directed by Unjoo Moon, and produced by Rosemary Blight (The Sapphires). Watch the trailer below:
"I Am Woman" was released as a single in May 1971, and Reddy said of the song "I couldn't find any songs that said what I thought being woman was about. I thought about all these strong women in my family who had gotten through the Depression and world wars and drunken, abusive husbands. But there was nothing in music that reflected that. The only songs were 'I Feel Pretty' or that dreadful song 'Born A Woman'. These are not exactly empowering lyrics. I certainly never thought of myself as a songwriter, but it came down to having to do it."
Reddy's career was hugely successful having 15 singles in the US Billboard Top 40 chart, including multiple number 1's, in the 70s alone. She was the first Aussie to have her own vareity show on US television.