The Leadership Film Screening and Panel Discussion – Sydney


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“A potent and passionate documentary, profoundly relevant in these #MeToo and COVID-19 times.” Sydney Film Festival

We continue to celebrate the 2021 global International Women’s Day theme is #WomenLead.

Join UN Women Australia for a special screening of Ili Baré’s compelling documentary film, The Leadership, to continue this essential conversation about how to grow women’s representation as leaders in all facets of life – with a spotlight on women in STEM.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with an amazing line-up of experts, each with deep knowledge and lived experience of the topics raised in the film. You won’t want to miss this important conversation exploring the systemic changes necessary to facilitate participation and leadership of diverse women in STEM and other male-dominated industries.

100% of ticket revenue will be donated to UN Women Australia thanks to the support of Good Pitch Australia, the Documentary Australia Foundation and the Shark Island Institute.

The Film

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 leadership expert, 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 delivers an unexpected and original reflection on what it takes to be a good leader, while unearthing the systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science and beyond.

Directed by Ili Baré and produced by Greer Simpkin for Bunya Productions.

This film is rated M for mature audiences and contains themes of sexual harassment and abuse. Viewer discretion is advised.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Time: 6:00 pm arrival (for 6.30 pm start) –  9:00 pm

Where: Dendy Newtown, 261-263 King St, Newtown, NSW, 2042

Cost: $25 for Members and concession card holders
          $30 for Non Members


Assoc Prof Meredith Nash 
Sociologist and participant in the inaugural Homeward Bound voyage

Prof Rae Cooper AO 
Co-director, Women and Work Research Centre, University of Sydney Business School

Dr Kumi de Silva
Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney and co-founder of the Mosiac Network


Assoc Prof Alice Motion
Researcher and Science Communicator, University of Sydney

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