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Women of the Island

It’s time to tell HerStory

The untold and inspiring stories of women who inhabit Tasmania are wanted for a new documentary web-series Women of the Island.

Much of history and storytelling has traditionally been told from a male perspective. Even in contemporary Australia women still only write and/or direct just under 20% of drama feature films, resulting in less stories with female protagonists.

A team of women filmmakers in Tasmania is aiming to redress the imbalance in recording women’s stories by giving a female voice to contemporary Tasmanian women.

The goal of the Women of the Island project is to make 20 films in 2017-18, accompanied by photo and text stories which will come together as a coffee-table book.  The website and book will form a rich snapshot of some of the previously unknown and fascinating women living in Tasmania and will ensure female stories are written into our history for future generations.

So far, women who have told their story include a risk taking award-winning, a designer of recycled paper caskets for burial or cremation, a farmer, anthropologist, the founder of The Sisterhood and a range other amazing women.

Find out about these amazing women and let the Women of the Island project know of other women’s stories that deserve to be shared.


  • Women of the Island team (left to right) Takani Clarke, Rebecca Thomson, Madeline Wells and Ninna Millikin. Photo by Lara van Raay
  • Rebecca Thomson and Nina Millikin photographing artist Julia Drouhin on Mt Wellington.  Photo by Lara van Raay.