CHAMPION GIRLS is a documentary film which celebrates the little known Australian ‘girls and ladies only’ sport of Physical culture. ‘Physie’ (pronouned ‘fizzy’) as it is affectionately known, began over 100 years ago. Now with over 10,000 members across the nation, CHAMPION GIRLS, with its ensemble cast aged 6 to 96, explores the cultural and personal significance of this remarkable activity and discovers how and why the Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture, has stood the test of time.
Hilary Balmond (the Director) is based in the Southern Highlands and is a factual TV and documentary film editor and CHAMPION GIRLS is her first major foray into directing. Hilary’s documentary editing credits include ‘Night Parrot Stories’, ‘Suzy and the Simple Man’, ‘Life on the Reef’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Puchbowl’, ‘Move It Mob Style’ and currently, ‘David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema’. Hilary is also an educator with the Documentary Australia Foundation’s Youth and Education Program engaging and supporting students and teachers to make the most out of documentaries and documentary film making across all areas of the primary and secondary school curriculums.
‘Champion Girls’ will be screened for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Empire Cinema in Bowral on Monday 2 December at 5pm. Tickets are on sale now for $10, either from the Box Office or online.