Fierce Women on Film


A lively celebration of the bold, defiant screen goddess and the way film and television have shaped our view of womanhood


ISBN: 9781760763466 Category:

Bethan Johnson, Matt Millikan


The screen goddess is a formidable figure, renowned for her power, complexity and so often beauty. From Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to Laverne Cox and Michelle Yeoh, these women disrupted and redefined the female ideal by pushing boundaries, fighting gender stereotypes and transcending tired tropes.

Goddess examines cinema history through a feminist lens, charting the evolution of women’s on-screen representation and challenging dominant narratives and misconceptions. Contributors, including film critics, actors, podcasters, journalists and academics, share behind-the-scenes stories and celebrate some of cinema’s most memorable female characters at a time when the film industry is undergoing a long-awaited reckoning.

Additional information

Weight 814 g
Dimensions 17.5 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 28 March 2023
Number of pages 272
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.5 x 23.3 cm
Weight 814 g


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Bethan Lloyd Johnson is a curator at ACMI, where she developed the Goddess exhibition this publication accompanies. Previously, she held curatorial roles at the British Film Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Matt Millikan is a writer and editor at ACMI who leads museum interpretation, both in gallery and online. Prior to ACMI, he was assistant editor at ArtsHub and was a recipient of the Kill Your Darlings/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship.