The first trailer dropped to I’m a Woman, the next biopic on Helen Reddy, the singer and writer whose 1971 song became an anthem of the women’s movement of the ’70s.
Unjoo Moon, the director behind the 2012 documentary Tony Bennett Bennett’s Zen, runs this story about the personal and professional life of the ambitious female singer. In the preview, Helen’s battles with a sexist music industry are reflected in the frontal struggle for women’s liberation, a parallel that helps inspire her role in the soundtrack of the revolution.
I’m a Woman begins its story in the mid-1960s as the Melbourne-born musician, played by Tilda Cobham-Hervey, struggles to balance her family life with a music career that began . Faced with sexism on all sides, Helen decides to reject other people̵7;s notions of what she “can and can’t do.” Believing that her music career could be best served by moving to America, she leaves Australia for New York with just $ 230 in her pocket and her three-year-old daughter in tow. .
When she arrives, she finds a friend and confidant in the well-known rock journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald). But she also met music executives who seem only interested in investing in groups of men. Struggling to enter, Helen challenges the front-on sexist and patriarchal industry, arguing that women can care about the substance of their music, not just the beautiful (masculine) face that sings it.
“Has it ever occurred to men to ask women what they want to hear?” Helen charges as she lies under bright stage lights.
Despite male guards labeling her music “angry” and “hateful,” Helen, with the support of her husband and manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), is able to secure a recording contract and a string of hits. , including the 1971 “I’m a Woman.” But as Helen’s star rises, the pressure of fame descends on her and her family, forcing Helen to continue hitting through the glass ceilings of society and industry to establish itself in music history as an international superstar.
Produced by Moon and Rosemary Blight, I Am Woman was written by Emma Jensen and distributed by Quiver Distribution. The film will be released in theaters and on demand on September 11th.
See the full trailer below.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.