Germaine Bloody Greer

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Germaine Bloody Greer
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Review

The fantastically salty and irascible Germaine Greer will never shuffle quietly into old age, she remains as singular and divisive as ever. She stirred up a nest of hornets in RT only recently and continues to light touchpapers about trans women and feminist hashtag movements. “MeToo and Timesup… it’s all bollocks, none of it’s going to happen,” she announces.

There’s something fabulously bracing about Greer, whether you agree with her or not, and she’s on fine form here, shuffling around her Essex smallholding in her cardy and puffa jacket, checking whether her geese are laying.

Bea Campbell, Rosie Boycott and Camille Paglia line up to pay tribute to a woman who’s always eschewed the description “feminist”, even though her book The Female Eunuch is held aloft as a pioneering feminist work.

There’s a heap of highly entertaining archive footage of Greer rolling her eyes on TV chat shows, and a tremendous soundtrack.

Summary

Profile of the writer and academic, whose 1970 book The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller and an important part of the feminist movement. The programme features previously unseen archive footage, while interviews with Greer reveal with typical honesty, candour and wit her thoughts on the days when the book was originally published, as well as her opinion on the MeToo movement. Camille Paglia, Zoe Heller and Rosie Boycott are among those sharing their opinions on the influence of The Female Eunuch.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Germaine Greer
Director Clare Beavan
Executive Producer James Quinn
Documentary