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A film by Ili Baré

"A potent and passionate documentary, profoundly relevant in these #MeToo, Trump and COVID-19 Times."

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it? One woman thinks she has the answer. Australian CEO and ‘dreamer’ Fabian Dattner leads an international group of 76 female scientists on an Antarctic voyage designed to transform them “into the sort of leaders they want to be.” Her hope is that once these women are primed to lead in science, they will be able to make meaningful change around the world. But on board, as the women’s deeply personal stories of workplace gender biases and more are revealed, Dattner’s own leadership style and philosophy is severely tested.
Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, The Leadership unearths the profoundly troubling systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science and beyond.

Ice breakers

Risk takers

Change makers

The participants

What people are saying

"The Leadership demonstrates in moving and gritty terms what leadership can entail... I would screen this film to my undergraduate classes, to my postgraduates, and to my colleagues in environment studies."

Elspeth ProbynProfessor in gender and cultural studies

Everybody wants

To change the world...

But what will it take?

The Filmmakers

Director | Writer | Co-producer

Ili Baré

Documentary filmmaker Ili Baré won the Eureka Prize for Science Communication and Journalism for her work on Becoming Superhuman (2017).

Documentary filmmaker Ili Baré won the Eureka Prize for Science Communication and Journalism for her work on Becoming Superhuman (2017) and the US Golden Cine Award for Environment and Science (2015) for her documentary The Secret Life of Breasts. Her documentary The Silent Epidemic won the ATOM Award for Best Documentary, Science, Technology and Environment, and the Mental Health Services Broadcast Award (Australia and NZ) in 2011.

Her television work has previously been reviewed as 'extraordinary ... powerful and potent, a real emotional revelation'; 'brave and essential viewing' and 'unforgettable'. The Leadership is her debut feature documentary.

Producer

Greer Simpkin

Greer Simpkin is an award-winning producer of film and television including the television drama series Mystery Road (series 1 and 2) and the feature films Sweet Country and Goldstone.

Greer Simpkin is an award-winning producer of film and television including the television drama series Mystery Road (series 1 and 2) and the feature films Sweet Country and Goldstone.  Greer was an Executive Producer on the feature film Jasper Jones and a producer on the feature film, High Ground, which premiered at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. She is currently producing Ivan Sen’s Loveland and Leah Purcell’s The Drovers Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson.

Greer has produced a number of documentaries including the feature documentary Sanctuary, the television documentaries The Troublesome Priest & Blue Water Empire for the ABC and the VR film Every King Tide for SBS.

Greer has previously held roles in public broadcasters. She was Deputy Head of Fiction at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 5 years and a Programme Finance Executive at Channel 4 in the UK.

Co-producer

Lauren Mather

Lauren Mather is Head of Production where she has overseen the Bunya factual slate including Blue Water Empire, Sanctuary, The Leadership and Every King Tide.

Lauren Mather joined Bunya Productions in 2016 as Head of Production where she has overseen the Bunya factual slate including the drama/doc series Blue Water Empire, the feature documentaries Sanctuary and The Leadership and the VR film Every King Tide. Lauren began her media career in the Marketing and Publicity department at ABC Television before moving to the Drama & Narrative Comedy Unit, supporting a number of Executive Producers on an award-winning slate of commissioned series, web series and telemovies. Lauren has also worked as an Associate Agent at esteemed talent agency Cameron’s Management and has practised law in New South Wales.

Executive Producer

David Jowsey

David Jowsey has had an extensive career as a film and television producer. He has produced Mad Bastards, Toomelah, Satellite Boy, Mystery Road, Goldstone, Jasper Jones and Sweet Country.

David Jowsey has had an extensive career as a film and television producer. He has produced the feature films Mad Bastards, Toomelah, Satellite Boy, Mystery Road, Goldstone, Jasper Jones and Sweet Country. Each of these films premiered at one of the big four film festivals including Toomelah at Cannes, Satellite Boy at Berlin and Mad Bastards at Sundance.

Sweet Country directed by Warwick Thornton premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize. The film then screened in Platform at the Toronto Film Festival where it won the Platform Prize.

David more recently produced both series of the award winning television drama Mystery Road as well as the feature film High Ground, starring Simon Baker, which screened in a Gala Presentation at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. He is currently producing Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson and Ivan Sen’s Loveland.

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