If you grew up in the ’70s, there’s a good chance you know that lyric of the empowerment anthem “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy – the iconic Australian singer who died Tuesday at age 78 – by heart. But even actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who plays Reddy in a new biopic also called “I Am Woman,” was familiar with the popular song from the iconic Australian vocalist.
“I have a memory of my dad singing it in the kitchen,” says the actress, 25, who is also Australian. “I’ve known this song really well. And, of course, going to women’s marches, you’d see it on every sign.”
How did Helen Reddy’s hit song come to be, and why does it still resonate? That’s part of the story that director Unjoo Moon’s movie – which has the support of Reddy’s family – tells.
“I Am Woman” (out in select theaters, virtual cinemas through Kino Marquee, digital platforms and video on demand) follows Reddy’s inspiring journey from arriving in America as a single mother with a dream to becoming a star who isn’t afraid to sing or speak about feminism and gender equality.