Strong Female Lead: An interview with director Tosca Looby

Adopting the archive-only approach of The Final Quarter, Looby and editor Rachel Grierson-Johns created a powerful and enraging one-off doc for SBS.
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‘People are telling me they feel real rage when they see this film, and one reviewer said they wanted to throw something at the screen,’ says director Tosca Looby on the phone to Screenhub. She’s talking about Strong Female Lead, the feature documentary that’s causing waves even before its first broadcast on SBS this Sunday night.

Snappily put together with a black sense of humour and a rousing remembrance of that viral speech, it’s unashamedly feminist, informative, entertaining and hitting at just the right political moment when women are on fire.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk