9 TO 5
1980. 109 min. Directed by Colin Higgins.
For anyone who has been overworked, underpaid, and pushed to the edge by an ungrateful boss, tonight’s your night! In 9 TO 5, three working women say enough is enough, stick it to the man, and take the office into their own hands. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton form a winning alliance in this hit 1980 comedy, remembered fondly by tonight’s presenter, playwright and director Brooke O’Harra.
Brooke O’ Harra on 9 TO 5
“I first saw 9 TO 5 when I was 7 or 8 years old. I’ve been thinking about the #metoo movement and how this movie made me think then about harassment and the possibility of women banding together even before I knew what working in an office was like. My response to it at the time was more feminist than queer, but my brother (who is also queer) spent his entire childhood obsessing over Dolly Parton. My father was a college football referee, and when Dolly came to sing the national anthem at a game he made it so we could shake Dolly's hand as she entered the field. My brother said, "I LOVE You Dolly Parton!” and she bent down, squeezed him and replied, "I love you too, little critter."”