The Reel Review


Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars in this biopic about Helen Reddy, the Australian-born singer/songwriter whose iconic song “I Am Woman” became the anthem of the women’s rights movement in the 1970s – a song that remains iconic of the movement even today, nearly 50 years later.

Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Helen Reddy in I Am Woman.

Australian-born Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai) is radiant in capturing the spirit of the likable Reddy in a well done, straightforward narrative, despite a couple of clunky lip synchs and some dramatic moments that verge on the absurd – in particular, the over the top drug scenes featuring Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Reddy’s former husband and manager Jeff Wald.

Danielle Macdonald and Tilda Cobham-Hervey in I Am Woman.

More touching are the moments featuring Reddy’s relationship with her children and her friendship with music journalist Lilian Roxon, played to perfection by Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’, Patti Cake$). And that inspiring finale is an emotional crowd pleaser, in the vein of 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The hallmark of a good biopic is when it has you eagerly Googling online for more info about its subjects, and to that effort, this fitting tribute nails it beautifully.


I Am Woman Director Unjoo Moon, Helen Reddy and Tilda Cobham-Hervey.

• Helen Reddy, who had suffered from dementia for the last five years of her life, died in Los Angeles on September 29, 2020. She was 78. She, ex-husband Wald and their two adult children attended a special private screening of the film prior to its release, with director Unjoo Moon reporting that Reddy sang along with the songs in the film with tears in her eyes.

• Australian pop star Chelsea Cullen won the 2020 ARIA Award on November 25th for her impressive vocals in I Am Woman.

• Jeff Wald, who was widely known in the industry for his massive cocaine habit during his marriage to Reddy, currently lives a much calmer life of sobriety in Los Angeles, where he runs a company that produces large coffee table books on the music industry.

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