Victorian producers Amanda Higgs and Rachel Davis led a strong female team to create Mustangs FC, which follows a group of girls who abandon the sidelines to start their soccer club’s first all-girl team.
Women make up more than 60 per cent of the cast and crew, including lead roles in writing, directing, casting, cinematography, production design, costume and editing.
Mustangs FC’s entire 13-episode series will debut on ABC ME and the ABC ME app tonight, before making its big screen debut.
The screening is part of a #GIRLSCHANGETHEWORLD celebration at Federation Square, which will feature a host of talent including legendary Matildas soccer player Melissa Barbieri.
The Labor Government has partnered with ABC ME and Football Federation Victoria to celebrate the spirit of International Day of the Girl – an annual day that seeks to break down barriers and empower girls with the message that no opportunity is beyond them.
Film Victoria aims to have women comprise 50 per cent of writers, directors and producers across funded productions in the next five years and to double the number of women currently employed across all funded games.
International Day of the Girl celebrations will kick off at Federation Square from 5:00pm, with a Mustangs FC screening at 6:00pm.
For more information about Mustangs FC, visit abc.net.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“We're proud to have supported Mustangs FC and the incredible team behind it – this event is a great chance to share it with the world.”
“I hope the series inspires girls and women of all ages to reach new heights, whether they're behind the camera or on the field.”
Quote attributable to Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi
“We’re thrilled to partner with the ABC for this event and the special screening of Mustangs FC, a brilliant and exciting new drama series which highlights the extraordinary potential young women have when they follow their dreams”.