Gillard’s famous ‘misogyny speech’ of October 2012 has been back in the news after being voted Australia’s ‘most unforgettable’ television moment by readers of The Guardian. Unsurprisingly, it forms a key moment in Gone Girls as Livesey steps back to allow footage of Gillard’s speech speak for itself.
important thing for us was that we gave that speech, and several other moments
in our political history, the time they deserve for the audience to remember
and reflect on them.”
the misogyny speech, you tend to view those moments as isolated, you see the
speech, then Julia Gillard losing the spill as all being separate,” Larcombe
says. “But when you think about her treatment in the media and how much would
have been on her shoulders through her whole Prime Ministership to lead to that
speech… in the context of those things, it feels even more powerful.”
retrospective praise also comes the sobriety of hindsight; while Gillard’s
speech has been back in the news, many on social media were quick to point out
that earlier that day her government moved to push thousands of single mothers
onto Newstart. Gone Girls doesn’t shy away from such contradictions, nor
the idea that being a woman in power inoculates one from critique.
line in the show is ‘no one’s perfect, not in government’,” Larcombe says. “I
think it’s so true, it’s such a hard line to walk. As a citizen we get such a
small picture of these people’s lives, so trying to personalise them, see where
they’re making compromises and trying and where they’re failing is really
either Bishop or Gillard turn up in the front row during Gone Girls’ Adelaide
“I would die,” Livesay says.
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