Posted Monday 28 Mar 2022
Well done to the team who made the feature documentary Six Angry Women, which has just won best feature at the MujerDOC - Mujeres del Mundo festival in Spain. And, we're told by director Megan Jones that the festival organisers now plan to have special screenings in Brazil, Madrid and Columbia to “disseminate the feminist agenda”.
The documentary revisits Auckland, New Zealand, in 1984, when six female vigilantes kidnapped a male University of Auckland lecturer and assaulted him in a violent political action. The event triggered debates about gender politics that divided New Zealand and led to social change. But the mysteries of who the six women were and why they attacked the man they did have remained unsolved.
Since its international premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the documentary has been selected for more than a dozen international festivals and is particularly popular - not surprisingly - with women's festivals, picking up the award for Best Documentary at Cinema d’iDEA, and selected as a finalist at the Hot Springs International Women’s Festival. It has also screened at the Sydney Women's Film Festival, LA Femme festival, the Female Eye festival and the Toronto Women Film Fest.
Outside the women's festivals it also won best documentary audience award at the Cannes Independent Film Festival, and received a special jury award at the India Film Festival.
Megan Jones is now making another series about our feminist past, this one a podcast for Stuff about the feminist separatist movement.