What is freemales?
Freemales is a 6x6min web series written and directed by Stephanie Jaclyn and produced by Jodie Kirkbride. After receiving projects funds through the Media Resource Centre in March 2016, they, along with a team of 30+ Adelaide based cast and crew, shot the first three episodes of the season. Following the release of episodes 1, 2 and 3, the Freemales team ran a successful crowdfunding campaign where they raised the funds to shoot episodes 4, 5 and 6, which were released in July of 2017.
‘I felt inspired to write Freemales after living with a friend of mine for over a year. We spent many nights over a glass of wine discussing everything from love, children, what kind of house we wanted to the etiquette of peeing in the shower, free boobing, period sex and whether swallowing semen could be considered ‘acute’ cannibalism. I hope Freemales will provoke conversation, push boundaries and serve as a hilarious insight into the lives of young women attempting to find their place in this evershifting social landscape.’ – Stephanie Jaclyn, writer/director
Freemales explores the lives of two young women caught in the social shift between the values of yesteryear and the modern views of today.
‘A ‘freemale’ is a modern woman who doesn’t allow what is considered socially ‘normal’ to dictate her life. Despite progress, the idea that a woman should be married, mortgaged and a mother by her 30’s is still extremely prevalent today. In a time where women are encouraged to work but still feel the pressure to conform to their traditional role of being a wife and mother, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a generation of young women experiencing something that can only be described as a mid-midlife crisis.’ – Stephanie Jaclyn, writer/director
In additions to their crowdfunding campaign, the freemales team created and released 2017 Vagalendars (vagina calendars – yes, that’s right.) 12 local females artists contributed to the Vagalendar that features a range of beautiful and unique vaginas for every month of the year! The funds raised went towards marketing and advertising of freemales and 10% of the profits were donated to Essentials 4 Women SA – a local charity that supports women in need.
Aside from addressing current social and feminist issues, Freemales takes aim at the huge gender gap in the film Industry. According to Screen Australia’s website, over the past 5 years only 16% of Australian films have had female directors and 23% had female writers attached. Thankfully, Screen Australia and other state film funding bodies are taking important steps towards equality in the industry. With a cast and crew predominantly made up of women, we hope Freemales can serve a small part in creating greater opportunity for females across the industry.
Freemales is Stephanie’s first project as a writer/director since graduating with a degree in Screen Production from Flinders University. Dedicated to bringing female driven content to Australian screens, Stephanie received the Independent Spirit Award at this years South Australian Screen Awards and was awarded a Fellowship Grant from the Helpmann Academy. Currently, Stephanie is busy developing the second season of freemales and finishing off her latest project, a short film entitled, The Final Chapter.
Jodie has a Bachelor of Media Arts from the University of South Australia, Majoring in Film and Television Production and Sub-majoring in Animation. She works part time as a Casting co-ordinator at Heesom Casting, working on such projects as Wolf Creek the Series, Boys in the Trees and Rabbit. She is the proud recipient of the South Australian Film Corporation’s Seed New Talent Grant, enabling her to work as a producer’s assistant at Kojo. Jodie also enjoys making her own productions in her free time as Get Back Jojo Productions.
Cinematographer (Episodes 1, 2 and 3)
Sam is a cinematographer and camera assistant whose feature film credits include Cargo, The Nightingale and Storm Boy. Sam has also assisted on TV shows such as Wolf Creek S1 and ABC iView web series’. Sam has shot a number of projects from the first 3 episodes of freemales to Stephanie Jaclyn’s short film The Final Chapter. In between shooting and assisting on features, Sam runs his own videography service.
Bayley Broome Peake
Cinematographer (Episodes 4, 5 and 6)
Bayley Broome-Peake is a Sydney & Adelaide based up and coming DOP. She has had an extensive career to date as a camera assistant on many professional long form productions. Working alongside DOP’s such as Mandy Walker ASC ACS (Tracks), Bonnie Elliott ACS, Geoffrey Hall ACS (Wolf Creek), Geoffrey Simpson ACS (Cargo) as well as many others. Her long-term goal is to be a prominent and successful female DOP within the Australian and international film community.
Production / Costume Designer
Since graduating from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen Production) Lauren has worked hard on a range of projects within the industry, from television & web series to shorts and feature films. Currently, shes works at Passel Media who specialise in television commercials, corporate media content, music videos and short films.