Freemales is a webseries created in Adelaide with the help of funding through Media Resource Centre and a team of talented, local people.
Written and directed by Stephanie Jaclyn and produced by Jodie Kirkbride, Freemales is a series of short films exploring the lives of two yong women caught in the social shift between the values of the past and the views and pressures of the present.
The series was inspired by Jaclyn’s own experiences and conversations, and says she hopes Freemales will inspire further conversations, and push boundaries.
“I felt inspired to write Freemales after living with a friend of mine for over a year. We spent many nights, over a glass of wine, discussing everything from love, children and what kind of house we wanted, to the etiquette of peeing in the shower and whether swallowing semen could be considered ‘acute’ cannibalism,” she says.
“I hope Freemales will provoke conversation, push boundaries and serve as a hilarious insight into the lives of young women attempting to find their place in this ever shifting social landscape.”
A ‘freemale’ is a modern woman who won’t allow social ‘norms’ or societal expectations to dictate her existence.
Jaclyn says a freemale rejects the notion that women are still supposed to fit a certain mould, despite feminist movements and progress.
“The idea that a woman should be married, mortgaged and a mother by her 30s is still extremely prevalent today. In a time where women are encouraged to work, but still feel the pressure to conform to their traditional role of being wife and mother, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a generation of young women experiencing something that can only be described as a mid-midlife crisis,” she says.
Among other important injustices women face, Freemales takes aim at the gender gap in the film industry, which, in Australia, has seen only 16% of Australian films directed by women and only 23% with female writers attached.
Screen Australia, who offered these statisitcs, is taking vital steps towards creating equality in the industry.
With a cast and crew primarily made up of females, Freemales is already doing its bit to close the gender gap.
The first three episodes of Freemales premiered at Mercury Cinema on September 7 and are available to view online.
The Freemale team are now hard at work preparing for the next instalment of the series, for which they are crowdfunding through Pozible.
They are hoping to raise $5000 through Pozible, but are also selling ‘Vagalendars’ (vagina calendars!) with 10% of profits going to Catherine House to support vulnerable and homeless women.
The Vagalendars will feature a range of beautiful and unique vaginas for every month of the year.
You can learn more about Freemales and the Pozible campaign by visiting their website, and you can watch Freemales below: