Her Sound, Her Story returns with a brand new documentary celebrating Australian women in music

Melbourne artist Ecca Vandal stands between the Her Sound, Her Story billboards. Image supplied

Melbourne artist Ecca Vandal stands between the Her Sound, Her Story billboards. Image supplied

As a film maker, I would like Her Sound, Her Story to offer a sense of hope for our future, [give] voice to those who aren’t always heard, and bring inspiration to young women with big aspirations in life.
— Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Film maker

In 2015, photographer Michelle Grace Hunder teamed up with film maker Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore to create Her Sound Her Story. The idea was to elevate and celebrate Australian women in music with a photographic exhibition, a concert with an exclusively female line-up, and a series of film vignette documentaries to tell their stories. The result was beautiful and powerful. After the exhibition held at Melbourne's Emporium in November last year, followed by the concert which opened the 2016 Melbourne Music Week it became apparent that pulling together the faces and voices of artists like Vera Blue, Montaigne, Renee Geyer, Tina Arena, Mojo Juju, Missy Higgins, Ecca Vandal, and many more would spark a movement. And here we are a year later, with the announcement that Her Sound, Her Story has now entered its next phase with a brand new full length feature film.

The premiere of Her Sound, Her Story will be screened on Thursday 23 November in Melbourne, and Claudia told Music Love, "It’s very much a film made by women for women. One of the most beautiful things about this piece is that we were able to get so many diverse faces and voices on the screen all interwoven into one collective narrative." Audiences can expect to see that over and over again, the stories and experiences of women including artists like Ali Barter, Clare Bowdtich, Emma Donovan, Kasey Chambers, as well as industry names like Zan Rowe and Kathy McCabe exemplify that barriers for women in music still exist.

Michelle says that the most surprising lesson she has learned is "that many of the experiences we all feel as women are the same, across all walks of life... [A]lthough we have come so far, in some respects a lot has not changed, and we still have so far to go." In this regard, Her Sound Her Story will inspire people that change is afoot. Claudia adds,  "As a film maker, I would like Her Sound, Her Story to offer a sense of hope for our future, [give] voice to those who aren’t always heard, and bring inspiration to young women with big aspirations in life."

Michelle has previously told Music Love in a conversation for the Women in Music podcast that Her Sound, Her Story evolved organically, and once the exhibition and concert were completed last year, she knew they had embarked on something special. Claudia reiterated this, saying, "Looking back over the past few years to the very moment Michelle asked me to come on board, in some ways I never knew we could push the project as far as we have."

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Her Sound, Her Story screens 23 November at Palace Kino, Melbourne. Tickets have sold out, but head to the website to see the photos and vignettes from last year, and to find out when you can see it next. Follow Michelle on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow Claudia on Instagram