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Australian residents can still donate to help finish our fabulous documentary HANDBAG via the Documentary Australia Foundation (tax deductible) http://bit.ly/2xHJZDy
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248 backers pledged AU$ 41,556 to help bring this project to life.

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We acheived our target thank you! But we have a stretch goal of an extra $2500AUD for specific music licenses, as well as essential accounting and marketing fees. Your contribution will make all the difference in finishing HANDBAG!

HANDBAG is a feature documentary about Monica, a vivacious third generation 'fag hag' (she prefers 'handbag'). She's determined to bust the 'hag' stereotype of the much maligned female friend to gay men, and highlight the value of straight allies in the struggle for equality. 

Fag hags, it turns out, are unlikely gay activists - and have been for generations.

For us, this film is also about the power of friendship. It's important because we believe women have the power to make a difference in the lives of others and instigate real change. That's why our film is not only about women, it's been driven by an all-female creative team.

This Kickstarter campaign is the final push to give our movie the finishing touches it needs to make it magic and then get it out there! 

The magnitude of what we can achieve with this documentary is enormous. We believe HANDBAG has the power to change and save lives in the gay community, literally!

HANDBAG is directed by Monica Davidson, a screen professional and creative business entrepreneur, and produced by Phoebe Hart, an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has made waves internationally.

On set with the Handbag team!
On set with the Handbag team!

"I believe that you are probably on to an important and largely untold story." The Honorable Michael Kirby AC CMG

"What a gem - full of heart and soul and humor." Dave Singleton, award-winning writer and author of Behind Every Great Woman

The Ask

We need AUD$40,000 in order to complete HANDBAG and get her in front of our audience. We have an engaged and excited viewership dying to see the movie already, and we will tap into more fans via festivals, limited theatrical release, screening-on-demand, online video-on-demand (VOD), streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) and broadcast.

Our aim is to screen our film as widely as possible so handbags across the world can watch and be empowered. After all, there are still 74 countries around the globe where homosexuality is a crime.

But it won't happen unless you back us during the month of this Kickstarter campaign. And to entice you, we've got some amazing perks - check out the goodies you'll receive for your support on the sidebar to your right!

Remember, if you're American, English or European, the contributions we are asking for are in Australian dollars, so helping out probably works out less than you think!

Our HANDBAG poster will be a homage to a classic of 1970s queer cinema - check out our perks to learn how to receive a copy of it!
Our HANDBAG poster will be a homage to a classic of 1970s queer cinema - check out our perks to learn how to receive a copy of it!

 

How will we use the money? 

Many of our talented friends have worked on HANDBAG for free, but love and goodwill alone won't finish this film. Also, we really like to pay professional people for their hard work. It's only fair.

Without the following, we can't release our film:

  • Music: We've done our best, but there are just some tunes that MUST be in a film about the gay community, and they cost money to produce and clear licenses legally. COST $12,000 AUD 
  • Video Material: We want to include snippets of some iconic fag hag moments in pop culture, such as Cabaret or Sex In The City. This costs money people! COST $15,000 AUD
  • Sexy Titles and Visual Effects: Our film needs to look stylish and sexy, otherwise festivals and distributors will turn her away. COST $5,000 AUD
  • Animation: Some of our sequences needs to be told with fun and punchy animation. Help us pay our animator properly, she deserves it! COST $6,000 AUD
  • Final Colour and Sound Mix:  We've got some wonderful in-kind support to help us with this, but there are still a few costs. COST $2,000 AUD

To date, we've worked a lot for free on the movie, and raised funds from supportive fans and wonderful folks like you in our previous successful crowdfunding campaigns and philanthropic outreach.

We've tried to raise money the usual way, and we've been told our film is significant by broadcasters, distributors and government screen organizations, BUT because our queer and woman-centered subject is niche they have not been game to get behind our plucky little movie.

However, we believe LGBTIQ issues and the stories of women are too important to ignore, and we are eager to bring HANDBAG's message of acceptance and support to the world.

Our giant Handbag float at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
Our giant Handbag float at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Impact 

Handbag will explore the dual histories of the gay liberation and the womenʼs movement from the 1950s to now. Straight women have been overlooked as gay activists, but historically the 'fag hag' has been a gay man's staunchest ally. Women acted as "beards" for gay friends when homosexuality was a crime, and then as carers during the HIV AIDS crisis

Now, women march side by side with their gay comrades for marriage equality, yet to be achieved in Australia and other modern countries.

Some might say as the gay community gains more equal ground, the 'fag hag' is headed for extinction. We don't agree! The role of the handbag is more important than ever, and women who care for their gay friends still have a lot of work to do!

While homophobia has led to fear and mystery about the gay man, the ʻfag hagʼ has not fared much better - she is often thought of as fat, friendless, socially awkward and in hopeless unrequited love with her gay male friend. 

These stereotypes and more will be exploded in this fun, heartwarming and topical film.

Hello you!
Hello you!

The Team 

Monica Davidson has been a writer and filmmaker for over twenty-five years and the director of HANDBAG. She has been running creative businesses and making documentaries, corporate films, shorts and music videos for more than 20 years. Monica wrote and directed the controversial documentary Lesbians on the Loose, which debuted at Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Monica has completed a Masters in Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio school. Her thesis Climbing the Celluloid Ladder looked at the issue of inequity for female creatives in the film industry, and ultimately contributed to sweeping change to gender policies.

Phoebe Hart is the producer of HANDBAG. She has worked with many production companies and television networks around the world. Phoebe produced the seminal autobiographical documentary on people living with intersex variations entitled Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. This multi-award winning film has screened at scores of film festivals and was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Showtime US and Arte Europe, among others. Phoebe wrote and co-directed a documentary series on the state of higher education in Australia for the Special Broadcasting Station (SBS) called Downunder Grads and directed and co-wrote a prime-time documentary for the ABC called Roller Derby Dolls. The film follows a group of unconventional women who play the rough-and-tumble sport of roller derby.

HANDBAG is a wholly original work, and all rights are retained by Handbag Enterprises Pty Ltd.

HANDBAG in the Media!

"This is how 'fag hags' have helped LGBTI equality" by Shannon Power, Gay Star News 22 September 2017
"This is how 'fag hags' have helped LGBTI equality" by Shannon Power, Gay Star News 22 September 2017

 

"From Beards to Best Friends" by Phoebe Hart, The Conversation 4 October 2017
"From Beards to Best Friends" by Phoebe Hart, The Conversation 4 October 2017

 

"Opinion: It’s Time to Give ‘Fag Hags’ Their Badge of Honor" by Phoebe Hart, 7 Oct 2017
"Opinion: It’s Time to Give ‘Fag Hags’ Their Badge of Honor" by Phoebe Hart, 7 Oct 2017

 

   
Interview on the Sheen Metal Experience, LA Talk Radio (Los Angeles) 9 October 2017
Interview on the Sheen Metal Experience, LA Talk Radio (Los Angeles) 9 October 2017

 

Interview on 4ZZZ Queer Radio Brisbane show, 10 October 2017
Interview on 4ZZZ Queer Radio Brisbane show, 10 October 2017

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This life-affirming and powerful documentary is so critical to us because we believe women are able to make positive changes in our communities, particularly at a time when our culture seems to perpetuate narratives of hate.

HANDBAG has experienced some real knocks on her journey to the screen, and sometimes the road to completion has seemed never-ending.

Through all the ups and downs we've persevered and gotten the film edited to "fine cut" stage. It only needs additional post-production funds to complete and deliver. We're so close now, we can almost taste it!

The magnitude of what you can achieve by contributing is enormous. We believe HANDBAG has the power to change and save lives, literally!

If we don't meet our target funding, we won't receive anything at all. Please support us and help us bring HANDBAG into the world.

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    BIG GAY SMOOCHIES

    For only $10, you have our eternal gratitude, virtual smooches from the whole team, and acknowledgement in the closing credits of the film.

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    DIGITAL DREAMS

    As well all the previous rewards, you will receive a digital download of the finished film HANDBAG after the film enjoys its glorious debut and is in general release. Yours for the keeping and viewing time after time.

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    EXCITABLE SHOUT OUT

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    "EVEN WARMER" INNER GLOW

    You have cash to spare, like flying under the radar and just want to help us get our film out there, and for that we're eternally and deeply grateful. Your reward is simply helping HANDBAG see the light of day, knowing that you gave us a much-needed helping hand.

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    VIDEO LOVE

    All of the other previous rewards PLUS a video thank you just for you from our Handbag Queen Monica, shared all over our Facebook and Instagram. Recorded for your eyes (and all our other fans too)!

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    POSTER FABULOUS

    All of the other previous rewards PLUS a digital poster made especially for the HANDBAG documentary, signed by the key creatives, with love from us to you.

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    YES YES YES!

    For this reward - and there's only one of them - you will not only help HANDBAG but you'll be affirming your YES vote and donating to a wonderful GLBTIQ cause. Thanks so much to artist Jeff McCann for these earrings. This is an exclusive and a one-off! Get in now!

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    BEHIND THE SCENES

    All of the other previous rewards PLUS a password-protected glimpse at our final rough cut, the version that started it all and will NEVER be made public AND you'll get a link to watch our producer Phoebe Hart's amazing previous documentary Orchids: My Intersex Adventure!

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    CHIC CHICK

    For this reward - and there's only one of them - you will not only help HANDBAG out, you'll receive a set of beautiful Miss Bond earrings "Dark Signals" made of burnished solid sterling silver. This is an exclusive and a one-off! Get in now!

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    WARDROBE WONDER

    Looking good! For this amount, you will receive all the other previous perks PLUS a one-hour wardrobe consultation with the expert Sophie Hart Styling team valued at $250AUD. This is an exclusive reward available only to residents of inner city Sydney Australia (within 10km of the CBD) & must be used by 18 December 2017.

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    LITTLE SNEAKY PEEK

    Oh my goodness… all of the other rewards PLUS a password protected link to see the finished film before anyone else. You get a sneaky peek at all the fabulousness you helped bring into the world!

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    BIG SNEAKY PEEK

    Oh my goodness… all of the other rewards PLUS you’ll receive a up close and personal dinner date with the makers of HANDBAG after the movie’s theatrical debut. (This perk requires the donor to make their merry way to Sydney Australia under their own steam.)

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    HELLO SAILOR!

    You've made our day! And to make yours, as well as all the previous perks, we are happy to offer you the delicious honor of Associate Producer in our end credits, and also on IMDB. Much kudos will flow your way!

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    YOU THE BOSS

    For this handsome sum you get all of the other rewards, plus your name up in lights - an Executive Producer credit on HANDBAG, in the opening sequence, which automatically gets you an IMDB.com and feature film credit. And who doesn't want that?

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