In this live recording of the popular #peaknerd podcast Archive Fever, historians Clare Wright (You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World) and Yves Rees (All About Yves: Notes from a transition) are joined by literary biographer Bernadette Brennan (Leaping into Waterfalls: The enigmatic Gillian Mears) and filmmaker Tosca Looby (Strong Female Lead) to discuss their mutual addiction to archival research. How do you reconstruct a renowned female author’s life from her public and privately written output? How do you use news and documentary footage alone to tell the story of Australia’s first female prime minister? What gets left on the cutting room floor because it is either too hot or too hard to handle? Can a smoking archival gun kill a biographer?