Daughter is an award winning short film and awareness project produced by Nexus Production Group, staring Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) as Scarlett, Aisha Tara (Heartbreak High) as Jemma and Carolyn Rey as Alethea.
The main themes explored in the film are violence against women and victim blaming. The story explores what women deal with on a day to day basis as active members of society. The story is shown through the eyes of the three varying female characters, who separately venture out in St Kilda on a Friday night and become affected by an act of violence.
The screenplay was inspired by director and writer Sarah Jayne's experiences as a woman, as well as many cases of violence against women which unfolded at the time of writing. However, two cases which stood out the most due to a juxtaposition in the representation of female victims within the media were the tragic murders of journalist Jill Meagher in Brunswick and sex worker Tracy Connelly in St Kilda. Jill's name, face and occupation made instant headlines Australia wide, however Tracey's occupation as a sex worker was highlighted in the media headlines, making her unfairly just a murdered sex worker. Without a name of a face, just a harsh headline "Prostitute Dead in St Kilda", which lead to Tracey's murder and personal story being sadly overshadowed. The case still remains unsolved.
These sad cases and many more acts of violence against women had writer and director Sarah Jayne asking - "Arn't all women deserving of respect?"
And so, Daughter was born.