Directed by Australian filmmaker Unjoo Moon, who was inspired to tell Helen's story after a chance meeting with the musical legend many years ago, the movie tracks Helen's life from an aspiring singer and single mum in New York in 1966 through to her later years as a musical icon.
Helen Reddy was the first Australian artist to win a Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1973, as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. And she was the first Australian to have three number one hits in the same year.
In order to cement her legendary status, there are many covert nods to her achievements carefully woven throughout the fabric of the film.
Here are four hidden details in Stan’s I Am Woman that show Helen Reddy's true legacy.
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1. Helen's family ties
There's a beautiful moment in I Am Woman where Helen’s real-life granddaughter, Lily Donat, appears as a nightclub singer.
In the scene, Lily performs the song Revolution, which was written specifically for the movie by Australian music producer Alex Hope. According to the team behind I Am Woman the scene was explicitly created as an homage to the ongoing impact Helen’s song has had on generations of women.
2. Powerful moments are pulled directly from history
When I Am Woman director Unjoo Moon first decided to tell Helen Reddy's story on screen, she envisioned it as a documentary. But as she delved deeper into the singer's career and family history, she realised it needed to be a feature film in order to really capture the essence of her journey.
However, a few documentary-style storytelling devices were still woven into the film, with archival footage used in the movie to map the extraordinary history of the Women’s Movement: the New York women’s marches, the 1989 march on Washington and even conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.
3. Hidden symbolism show's Helen's real struggle
In the opening scenes of I Am Woman Helen Reddy (played by Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is rushing through New York City on her way to a meeting with a record label where she thinks she is about to be signed as an artist.