Inside the Making of ‘I Am Woman,’ the Story of a Feminist Anthem

“We were aiming to quickly ground the story in a specific time and place to express the future possibilities of Helens career and the life that the transfer to L.A. was wanting to accomplish,” states production designer Michael Turner, who was charged with finding the shooting areas around Sydney. “To do this we desired midcentury modern, which by design is future-looking and positive and would characterize a Southern Californian way of life.” They ended up finding a diligently cared-for 1950s residence.Most of the furniture in the movie was sourced from a dealership named Ken Neale, who Dehne calls “a doyen of Sydney collectors.”
Image: Lisa Tomasetti/ Courtesy of Goalpost PicturesDiscover ADVERTISEMENT PROThe supreme resource for design market specialists, gave you by the editors of Architectural DigestArrowFrom here, Reddy, Wald, and their growing household transfer to Brentwood, so Turner searched for a place with “signifiers of success” like “manicured gardens, a circular driveway, big entryway gates, a tennis court, and a pool,” he says. “We had the address and photos of their actual home from this time, which was an estate in the mock Tudor/English Revival design. We were not able to secure one of these so we changed tack and started looking at the Spanish Mission and Spanish Revival mansions which are also common in Brentwood.” The good news is, these werent impossible to find, he says, “due to Australias fascination with Hollywood in the 1920s and their viability to Sydneys Mediterranean environment.” (Dehne calls the decoration there “nouveau riche.”)I Am Woman follows Reddy into her later years and shows the enduring effect of her tune. She is still alive today, but remains out of the spotlight.
Photo: Lisa Tomasetti/ Courtesy of Goalpost PicturesLater, after Reddy and Wald divorced, she downsized to a Santa Monica house which is likewise featured in the movie. According to Dehne, at some time in her later life she offered away much of her memorabilia, even bestowing her gold records on a superfan. Interestingly enough though, the team had the ability to track them down, and the genuine plaques look like props in the film.