Helen Reddy’s roar carries on to reverberate. A trailer has arrived for “I Am Woman,” Unjoo Moon’s biopic of the trailblazing celebrity.
The spot kicks off in 1966 and sees Helen (Tilda Cobham-Hervey, “Hotel Mumbai”) heading stateside from Australia with hopes of launching her career as a singer. Advised that she sings “very nicely” but that male groups are “all the rage,” Reddy struggles to make an perception on the male history execs standing amongst her and her dreams, and in the meantime, she’s fighting to get by with a singing gig where she’s compensated considerably less than the adult males who accompany her.
“Did it ever manifest to you guys to talk to ladies what they want to hear to?” Helen asks. We see her enjoying her iconic empowerment anthem, “I Am Woman,” to a room whole of unimpressed dudes who call it “kind of angry” and “man-hating.”
“I Am Woman” grew to become synonymous with the women’s motion in the 1970s and Reddy went on to offer over 25 million albums.
“I invested a 12 months with Helen researching her story, and touring with her on her 2014 comeback tour,” Moon explained to us. “During our conversations I was astonished by so a lot of everyday issues that women weren’t allowed to do back then. Even however Helen was 1 of the most remarkably compensated ladies in entertainment, when she went to get a home loan the financial institution supervisor feared she could get pregnant and not be equipped to make repayments. Helen was a person of the initial females to get a credit rating card in her identify – I had no concept at that time you experienced to use your husband’s name on most issues,” she emphasized. “It’s amazing the adjustments that gals had been capable to make through the rise of feminism in the ’70s but even after all that hard operate, it is irritating that as women, we are nonetheless combating and marching about some of the exact factors. I hope when men and women [watch] my movie they sense inspired by Helen, her story, and her music, and want to go out and make variations.”
“I Am Woman” hits theaters and on demand September 11.