The big screen is about to showcase a seldom seen slice of Australian industrial and political history.

The short film, The Women Who Were Never There, recounts the 1973 protest where Illawarra women chained themselves to the front gates of BHP to fight for the right to work at the Port Kembla, and documents the subsequent discrimination and harassment they faced after they secured work.

The film was largely financed via crowdfunding, and it is now being used as the basis to fund for a full-length feature film on the 1980’s ‘Jobs for Women’ campaign.

The Women Who Were Never There will premiere in Sydney on Friday, 3 June,at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills.