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Daughter Awareness Tour locks in first date

After a short correspondence via email with Tamara, one of the Holmesglen Justice Co-Ordinators over the month of April, today NPG finally received word that on the 21st of July Daughter will be screened privately for students of the course, as well as be part of a special linked assessment. 

For NPG, who's main intention when producing Daughter was to use the film as a tool to raise awareness on gendered violence and victim blaming though schools, this is a big small step in the right direction for Daughter and the Awareness Tour. 

In one of her first emails Tamara expressed her joy that NPG contacted her and the relevance Daughter has with the Justice class when she said, "I teach a subject called Family violence at Diploma level. In this subject we talk a lot about victim blaming and gendered violence. It's a topic I am particularly interested in and think changing community attitudes is extremely important in addressing these issues.  Our students will benefit from this opportunity and we welcome it." 

Sarah Jayne will head down to the school, based in the Eastern Suburbs and present Daughter and after the screening she will talk about why she wrote the screenplay, why she thinks Daughter is important in this day and age and also answer any questions from the students.

When Tamara informed NPG that "there are approximately 85 diploma students and 40 Advanced Diploma students" the team knew that this was to be another big event for this tough little film from St Kilda. 

For now I leave you with only good news but I will return to this bog and report on the day and share some pictures too. 

 

I would also like to mention Thomas Liddy, Daughter's Executive Producer and say thank you for your help with this one ...

A Very Special St Kilda Event

It has been more than a couple of weeks now since the premiere screening of my film, Daughter at St Kilda Town Hall on March 10th and I still can't believe how wonderful and special the event was. I feel totally blessed to have had such a well received film and a huge turnout, that was three times bigger than I expected. We estimate 180 people were in attendance. The continued support for Daughter and what the project stands for continues to make me smile. 

This time last year I was still researching the topics and reading up on as many news stories on Tracy, Jill , sex work in St Kilda and the topic of Gendered Violence I could. My meeting with Sally from St Kilda Gatehouse in January was a success and the next step was to finish up the script. It was real now, we were to shoot during the first week of September. To get to this stage, the premiere screening and still be supported by the St Kilda community, the general public and local businesses is amazing beyond words. But now during National Women's week 2016- how much has changed for Daughter. 

On the night Deputy Mayor of Port Phillip Serge Thomann, who has supported the project from his first discussion with me and through Pozible, opened the proceedings and gave a speech which summed up the context of the film and it's connection of Port Phillip -

"Port Philip has got a very strong commitment for social justice and through the the Cultural Development Grant, we are proud to help and support this project. This is a short film that will hopefully make a difference and open peoples minds and start conversations that are sometimes hard to have." 

Serge Thomann opening the event with a heart warming speech

 

So many other influential speakers, such as Andie Patchett from the St Kilda Gatehouse, Elliott Costello from Polished Man and Heavy METAL representatives Tanya Giles and David Nugent graced the stage before the film and I enjoyed talking to everyone after the screening. 

So many happy faces were seen in the crowd and this showed through in the photos taken by Raphael Chan, our BTS photographer and sponsor. But to truly understand just how warm the energy was and how proud we stood together in St Kilda Town Hall, during National Women's Week on March 10th, in solidarity against victim blaming and gendered violence in society at the screening you had to be there. It can't be described through words.  

Stay tuned for further screenings, announced here through the blogs and on the EVENTS page.