Local films to reflect on family violence

Hume residents and workers will create animated short films to send a clear message that violence against women is unacceptable.

The local people, including teenagers, will produce the films through the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery from mid-October, with the films to be aired at the gallery from 25 November 2015.

The innovative project is part of a number of initiatives by Hume City Council in support of White Ribbon Day.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said he was confident that the short films would encourage people to discuss the subject of domestic abuse.

“Violence in the home is a topic that people have previously shied away from, but we want to shine a bright light on what is a blight on our community,” Cr Atmaca said.

“It’s no longer acceptable to simply shut the back door when you hear fighting from across the fence, and these animated films will encourage people to discuss the issue of family violence more openly.

“The short films will come from the hearts of people who want to end domestic violence, so that everyone can live in homes across Hume without fear.

“The films will be powerful, and I’m confident that they will make many people think, ‘what if that person was my mother, or my sister, or my wife?’

“What if that person was me?”

The animation will be produced by five different groups, being:

• students from Gladstone Park Secondary College;
• students at Craigieburn Secondary College;
• students from Mt Ridley Secondary College;
• members of a youth action team from Banksia Gardens Community Services, titled Good People Act Now, which develops activities to prevent violence against women; and
• staff members of Hume City Council that work on initiatives to discourage violence.

Each group will be supported by stop-motion animator Gregg Brown, and the films will centre around the themes of respect, love, equality, and prevention.

One of the films shall also consider the topic of 1 in 3, since one in three Australian women are likely to be physically or sexually assaulted by someone they know.

Cr Atmaca thanked everyone who had agreed to be a part of the project.

“More than 180,000 people call Hume home, and the short films are a unique way for locals to express their feelings about an issue that has hurt too many, for far too long,” he said.

“A single act of violence can ruin lives and affect a large number of people, and Hume City Council will do all it can to end the abuse which hides beyond fences and behind walls.”

The short films will coincide with a visit to Hume by Rosie Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year and the country’s best-known advocate against family violence.

Rosie will speak at a special event at Broadmeadows Town Hall on White Ribbon Day, 25 November 2015.

As part of Hume’s White Ribbon activities, Council will paint a large sign that reads ‘Hume says no to violence’ on grassland along the M-80 Ring Road at Broadmeadows.

Everyone is invited to view the White Ribbon short films from 25 November 2015 to 23 December 2015, at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, 75-95 Central Park Avenue.

Further information is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 20 October 2015

Updated : 2:10 PM, 20 September 2016

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