Judith Lucy is all courage

I could count on the fingers of a half-a-hand the number of times our household has gathered in the entertainment room to watch a real-time TV show—but the exception happened this week. As I forewarned you recently, we were to be featured in the final episode of Judith Lucy is All Woman. So last Wednesday evening there we all hovered, waiting for the show to air at 9:00 pm.

None of us were nearly as buoyant as usual. I spent the waiting time working at a hangnail that was deeply troubling me. We were all well aware of the (admittedly slight) chance that the day of filming we’d undertaken with Judith and her crew about a year ago could result in an ego massacre. But there seemed like a very good chance that our exposure could be downright embarrassing.

To our immense relief, neither of those possibilities eventuated. Judith, who wrote and featured in the show, was as enthusiastic and kindly as the day she visited us. We were Lucy 1there to help her make the point that there are alternatives to traditional living arrangements, and that when you and your friends say, in an affectionate moment, “Gosh, we should all live together,” you can actually make it happen. She wanted the message out that there are unconventional ways of approaching retirement and old age, and ours was one such story.

So in the end I was happy with our little segment, and, to tell the truth, proud to be part of the episode and of the whole series.

Here’s the official line from the ABC site:

“One of Australia’s favourite comedians, Judith Lucy, is out to discover where women are at in modern Australia and what it means to men – talking to people from all walks of life from all over the country.”

Well, that happened in the series—but underneath this mere voyage of discovery, Judith Lucy is a lot of womanJudith was clearly out to make point: that feminism is not dead; that women should, and do, rock. The final segment of the program, a collage of powerful Australian chanteuses singing Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman”, fired an emotional canon at her audience. Go for it, she’s telling Australian women. Roar.

However, in my view the real contribution of the series lies another level deeper. Judith becomes a strong voice for both women and men making big choices, taking risks, having adventures, living sometimes on the edge. Throughout the series, she role-models courage, good humour and a willingness to shine—or flounder. As a girl, she says, “…it didn’t occur to me that there was anything I couldn’t do”. She acknowledges that during the filming of the show, she’s “…met so many people who are going against expectations”. She adds, “Doing this show has really stopped me wanting to judge other women’s choices.”

Get in the game, she’s saying. It doesn’t even matter what game, but get in and play Judith Lucy takes aimhard. You’ve got to be in it to win it. I’m told by the show’s producer and director, Anna Bateman, that some 600,000 Australians watched the show on Wednesday. That’s a lot of people who might be out there taking a few more chances today as a result.

In the segment featuring the Shedders, Judith sits at our table and speculates on moving in with us. In the somewhat unlikely event that that should happen, life will get a lot more colourful here on Mitchells Island. You can’t be around Judith Lucy without taking big bites of the apple.

If you’d like to view the whole episode (I recommend it), or the entire series, you can see it on ABC’s iView. (For those of you off-shore who’d like to see the whole show, let me know and I’ll set you up with a link.)

To view just the Shedders segment of the final episode, click here.

Shedders at twilight

Shedders strolling into the sunset


15 thoughts on “Judith Lucy is all courage

    • I hadn’t thought of that. – Like, I feel I know you quite well, but would LOVE to see you in action in a video!

      • We don’t often get the chance to see other bloggers at all, so video is a definite bonus 🙂

  1. I’ve watched it a couple of times with friends that are both around Judith’s age, and both quite adventurous in their outlook on things.

    At an Alternative Technology Association event in Sydney this afternoon I mentioned it to a few of my guests – some of whom had seen it live on Wednesday – and also to the editor and staff reps from Sanctuary magazine (all adventurous young women).

    Your little segment (a lot got said in 4 minutes!) came across really well, and by being almost a ‘closing argument’ for thinking outside life’s norms it was well placed in the series too – which started out slightly off beat and slowly became more responsible and serious as if Judith was facing up to a slowly advancing reality 🙂

    • Yes, agree with your analysis of the “drift” of the show, John. It was hard to see how our contribution was going to fit in until…well, until the night. I did like the structure of the final show a lot.

  2. Kudos! That’s a great segment–great visuals, fun vibe and good info for people who are intrigued by cohouseholding. Send her to our house next. Oops–almost forgot. Too late for Judith to come to Pittsburgh. Karen and I will be moving to Sarasota AIP condo in May; Jean to a condo here in Pittsburgh but still exploring for next shared household. Selling our co-owned house is incredibly bittersweet. You guys were so smart–you’re set for life right where you are.
    Other subject: We’re coming to Tokyo at beginning o September….

  3. Wow……What fun hearing the genuine Australian accent. I only got the sound, and I think I heard Heather’s voice once?. Love my celebrity neice…..

    Heather, please put Ray on your e mail.

    Sent from Windows Mail

  4. Hi. We are a few families looking to embark on a similar journey, but with a diverse range of people – families with young kids, single parents, retired people … The biggest obstacle we see is the local councils’ planning schemes. They definitely are not pro multiple dwellings on one parcel of land, no matter what the size. Would be keen to learn how you dealt with the constraints of many planning schemes – or is this why you’re on Mitchells Island 🙂 Pooling resources – financial or otherwise – to create a sustainable village seems to be nigh impossible with our anti-community local governments! Mind you, we could definitely get planning approval to build cheap, tiny units with zero shared green space in some urban areas. But that’s not what we’re interested in. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the riveting topic of planning schemes and intentional community 🙂

    • Hi Angie. Good to hear your story. I’m wondering where you are? We didn’t encounter this resistance from Taree council, but that’s partly because we constructed a fairly mainstream looking home. However, we understood that we could build a variety of buildings as long as they were connected by “covered walkways”. We decided against that approach for a number of reasons, including of course cost.
      Our designer was known to and respected by Council, which in a smaller community helps.
      It would be fun to talk. Email me on hbolstler@gmail.com.
      Never give up!

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