Last nights encore screening at 4Dverse on Carlisle St Kilda was another success for this tough little social justice film, proving that Daughter is still a much needed part of the discussion gendered violence and victim blaming in our communities.
Guest speakers Wendy Squires and Anne Riggs touched on important matters to do with community violence, perceptions of women in our society and how victims are taking back control of their lives.
Wendy, a St Kilda local, writer and journalist was one of the first people in the media to see the problem with how Tracy Connelly's murder coverage was wrongfully portraying the victim and her speech last night gave a very personal insight into how loosing a friend through gendered violence is very much something to be discussed. No matter what the persons choice of work, respect is more important than comparing one victim to another based on this choice.
Anne Riggs, visual artist and one of the founders of Arts in Community International knows how challenging it is for women she works with on arts projects to come to terms with the violence they have experienced. Anne spoke about some projects in particular and explained the reasons behind the pieces shown on a powerpoint presentation and she discussed the effects of violence and how she helps to heal through her art.
Both speeches made for a perfect lead in for the two films which followed, Force and Daughter. Scott Blease's Force, is a ten minute short film which shows family violence from the point of view of a young boy who is trying to escape the reality of an abusive home through his imagination and interest in superhero movies. Force made for a great lead in film and all but 1 cast and crew member were in attendance to answer questions through a short Q&A.
Daughter was once again received well by the audience, which this time around seemed to be an older demographic. The crowd was intimate, estimated at around 50 people max and we almost filled all the seats at 4Dverse. As the director of Daughter, I was very pleased with the outcome. I have now had further requests by those who once again could not make it to this encore screening, however at this stage I am unsure if I will screen Daughter to the public once more or just move straight into a full fledged school tour as planned.
4Dverse as a venue and new art and wellbeing space was such a perfect venue for this screening. Founded by Victor Holder this community space caters for all functions and events and is always open to discussing ideas. Victor had the bar and door under control and even found time to light the open fire to keep us warm. Teamed up with Vegilicious once again, who supplied NPG with some winter warming soup for everyone , this night felt complete.
I keep getting surprised by the audience and the attraction to my film and I must say that this screenings Q&A, despite being nervous ,was one of the best I have ever taken part in. I could not have asked for a better night and once again, it went so quick and ended too soon.
Check out the photos under the gallery.