1. /noun/ a modern movement of women who don’t allow what is considered socially ‘normal’ to dictate their lives.
If you’re a woman who has ever felt gender injustice or the pressure to unfairly conform to the social expectations of your female sex (hands up, girls!) then ‘Freemales’ the series is about to rock your world... and your menstrual cycle.
Freemales is a web series written by Stephanie Jaclyn and produced by Jodie Kirkbride, exploring the lives of two young women who find themselves caught between the social views of yesteryear and the modern trends of today.
“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,’ says Jaclyn.
"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, what kind of house we wanted - to the etiquette of peeing in the shower and free boobing.”
After receiving funds through the Media Resource Centre in March 2016, Jaclyn and Kirkbride worked with a team of 25 Adelaide-based cast and crew and shot the first three episodes of the season.
The Freemales series aims to explore the fact that, despite progress, the idea that a woman should be married and a mother by her 30's is still extremely prevalent today’s society. “In a time where women are encouraged to work but still feel the pressure to conform to their traditional role of being a 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,’ suggests Jaclyn.
Apart from exploring the different gender issues out in the wider community, the Freemales series also targets the huge gender gap in the film Industry, in which only a small percentage of female directors and writers are currently involved. “Thankfully, Screen Australia and other state film funding bodies are taking important steps towards equality in the industry,” say Jaclyn and Kirkbride. With a cast and crew predominantly made up of women, the Freemales team hope that the series can play a part in creating greater opportunity for females across the film industry. Go, girls!
To help promote the message behind Freemales, the group are hoping to raise money for a local women’s charity through selling their soon to be released Vagalendars (yes, it’s what you would assume — vagina calendars). The Vagalendar will consist of work contributed by 11 local female artists, of beautiful and unique vagina artworks — one for every month of the year. 10% of the profits will go to vulnerable and homeless women, while The Vagalendars aim to normalise and embrace lady parts of all shapes, colours and sizes... and are sure be absolutely vagtastic!
The first three episodes will be premiering at the Mercury Theatre on the 7th of September for a $5 entry fee, including a raffle ticket and nibbles. For more event information, head to their Facebook event.