When the lights came up we were all speechless and in tears.
Jane's mother Lilias Fraser was also a talented cinematographer. This documentary is about Lilias. It is a moving story of a woman who made 40 films despite enormous personal challenges at a time when filmmaking was not a "suitable job for a woman". Her best known work may well be Women of the Iron Frontier, a documentary that examined the lives of railwaymen's wives. In many ways the struggles of the women in this and many of her documentaries mirrored the struggles of her own life.
Lilias was a champion of women's rights and indigenous rights and, despite her own troubles with domestic violence and eventually alcoholism, her works were always optimistic. Her life ended in tragedy.
|Lilias Fraser and Jane Castles during the filming of Lilias'|
acclaimed documentary "Women of the Iron Frontier"
Film Australia have promised Jane and her producer Pat Fiske $235,000 to make the film but in order to get the grant they must raise $100,000 themselves.
If you would like to know more about it or to support the making of this potentially life changing documentary CLICK HERE to go to the Documentary Australia Foundation website.