In association with Renegade Films, Film Victoria and Screen Australia, Clare researched, co-wrote and presented the one-hour television documentary Utopia Girls which screened on ABC1 in 2012. Utopia Girls tells the remarkable, untold story of how Australia became the first country in the world where women won full political equality; namely the right to vote and the right to stand for parliament. In 2013, Utopia Girls was nominated for an AACTA award for Best VFX and was short-listed in the NSW Premier’s History Awards for Best Mulitimedia.
Find more Information on Utopia Girls on the ABC Website.
“From the crucial role of publishing to the power of the trouser, it’s a fascinating hour.” Melinda Houston, Critic’s Choice, The Age Green Guide, 10 June 2012
“Fronted by historian Clare Wright, this eye-opening and occasionally humbling documentary seeks to explain why this happened first in Australia, and how rank opportunism and raw luck were just as important as high-minded idealism.”Tim Elliot, Picks of the Day, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 June 2012
“This is a little-known story that everyone should be familiar with. Wright has crafted an impressive, atmospheric testament to the strength of these women.” TV Highlights, Seven News Queensland, 14 June 2012
“Unless you’re an historian there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Caroline Dexter, Mary Lee, Louisa Lawson, Henrietta Dugdale or Vida Goldstein; it’s been Clare’s mission to bring their stories into the light and the result is a beautifully-made, informative and often touching hour of television … Wright anchors the story and appears, from the ease with which she gives a to-camera narration while negotiating the crowded streets of Soho or the banks of the Yarra, to be a TV natural. In person she’s petite but strong, her piercing eye contact accentuating the obvious passion she has for the subject; a strength that kept her pushing for five years to get Utopia Girls made while simultaneously working on her next book, about women’s roles in the goldfields of Victoria.” Justin Shaw, The King’s Tribune, June 2012
“In a new documentary, Utopia Girls, historian and TV presenter Clare Wright builds a gripping story of how women won the vote, revealing the context and characters that made Australia the unlikely leader in the global push to end sexual inequality.” Rachel Power, Australian Education Union News, May 2012
See also Utopia Girls Youtube Channel
Pick of the Week, Radio National Breakfast
Pick of the Day, The Age
Pick of the Day, Sydney Morning Herald
Pick of the Day, tvtonight.com.au
The War That Changed Us
In association with Electric Pictures, Screen Australia, Lottery West and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Clare created and co-wrote the four-part docudrama series, The War That Changed Us. Clare also appears as an onscreen expert in the series. The War That Changed Us won the coveted ATOM Award for Best Docudrama and was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Factual Program. The DVA has placed a copy of the DVD in every public school in Australia.
Tanja Luckins, “'To Make the Past Present, to Bring the Distant Near’: Affective History and Historical Distance in The War That Changed Us”, Australian Historical Studies, 17 September 2015.
Alistair Thomson, “Setting the Anzac standard”, History Australia, Vol 12 Issue 2, 2015.
Graeme Blundell, The War That Changed Us views World War I through Australian eyes.The Australian Newspaper, August 30, 2014
David Stephens, “The War that Changed Us not rose-tinted”, Honest History, 19 August 2014.
Lucy Thackray, “ ‘Everything in this diary is true…and my job will be to bring it home safely’: Heart wrenching words written by young Australian soldier in one of the most detailed diaries ever from World War 1”, Daily Mail Australia, 18 August 2014.
Melinda Houston, “Why The War That Changed Us is fresh and brilliant”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2014.
Anne Richey, “Don Featherstone and Andrew Ogilve: The War That Changed Us”, Arts Hub, 4 August 2014.