Margot Oliver

Year: 
2018
Category: 
Media/Communication

For consistent promotion of feminist perspectives in the media

Margot Oliver first became involved in filmmaking in the early 70s through the Women’s Film Workshop, Sydney Film Makers Coop and Sydney Women’s Film Group. She was involved in making, distributing and showing films by and about women, and also in lobbying for access to training and employment for women in the film industry.

Margot worked with Jenny Thornley and Megan McMurchy on the landmark feature documentary For Love Or Money: a History of Women and Work in Australia. The film toured NSW, secured a cinema release, became a book, and was shown on the ABC in 1985. Margot was involved in every part of the process.

Margot’s filmed interviews with Edna Ryan became Edna Ryan - a Political Life, an important record of Australian women’s history.

Margot is passionate about communication and education, and her work in film has shown us how to view Australian history through a feminist lens.


Photograph courtesy of Josh Garrard.