Daughter Short Film Premiere screening at St Kilda Town Hall

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Daughter SM post 13St Kilda Town Hall is the perfect venue for the premiere screening of Daughter, a short film and awareness project produced and shot in the City of Port Phillip in early September 2015, with the intention of capturing the true heart and soul of St Kilda while touching on important issues such as gender violence and victim blaming in our communities.

Nexus Production Group, a collective of film makers based at Barkly streets Artist Studio 106 present Daughter, a brave and eye opening film project that is supported by the City of Port Phillip though the Cultural Development Fund (2015) , the St Kilda Town Hall Subsidy Scheme and a number of local businesses, including St Kilda Gatehouse and The Sandpit. The premiere will take place on March 10th and will kick off from 8pm, St Kilda Town Hall.

Daughter tells the story of three local St Kilda women of different age, wealth, occupation and lifestyle who separately venture out in St Kilda on a Friday night. We watch as they are judged by each other and as their lives become entwined each woman is touched by a violent act this fateful night.

Daughter is a project that asks the question, “would you care if she was your daughter?” The writer of the screenplay, Sarah Jayne was inspired to start writing after noticing the media’s opposing and unfair coverage of the deaths of two women though an act of violence; Jill Meagher in Brunswick and St Kilda’s own Tracy Connelly.

Jill was a woman we all got to know though the media after her disappearance and then death, her case highly publicised, her name and photo released from day one. However Tracy’s case was not the same, her name not revealed immediately but her occupation as a street based sex worker in St Kilda highlighted – her murder still remains unsolved. Both women were entitled to the same respect, both innocent victims, both someone’s daughter – this injustice was the starting point for the Daughter short story, now a short film that that explores the harsh reality of gender violence and victim blaming in our society.

However Daughter is not just a short film, it is much more- it’s an awareness project and a film that Nexus Production Group are hoping to take on tour though local venues in St Kilda later on in the year, as well as regional Victoria and hopefully nationally though larger organisations, schools and private screenings.

The intention of the Daughter Awareness Tour is to discuss gender violence and victim blaming. To talk about how as a society we can all change our attitudes and start to teach respect by calling out sexist and misogynist behaviour and in-turn re-educate people on the effects such behaviour has, especially on our youth. Recently, on January 8th, in an article on the rape of a young girl in a public space, The Australian newspaper quoted that ‘data revealed in 2014 showed that Australian schools recorded at least 940 reports of serious sexual assaults amongst children in 2013′.

So many examples of such behaviour is seen in the media, including advertisements, film and print on a regular basis and from most media reports on gender violence you hear a response that is victim blaming. This response must change and to do so these issues need to be discussed as they cover up a much deeper problem.

On the night key speakers include Elliot Costello- Ceo and Founder of YGAP, Tanya Giles- HEAVY Metal Anger Management Program and Sally Tonkin- CEO of the St Kilda Gatehouse, plus Daughter’s local sponsors, special guests and much more. The Daughter cast and crew will also be present and a Q&A will be held after the film screening.

Join NPG on this special night and help bring awareness to very important issues that affect all lives in our communities, while at the same time celebrating Port Phillip’s diverse, creative and vibrate community and supporting a local organisation.

Tickets are $20 each, online sales only (strictly no door sales and tickets limited) and include one complementary beverage for each attendee plus nibbles. NPG will pass on proceeds from ticket sales to the St Kilda Gatehouse, to help this local based non for profit organisation continue to aid marginalised women in St Kilda.

Tickets go on sale February 10th, through the Daughter website and ticket sales end March 8th close of business www.daughterstkilda.com

Are you a local business who’d like to hold a Daughter screening or just want to help out in anyway with the Daughter Awareness Tour? If so Nexus Production Group would love to hear from you. Contact us though the Daughter website.

This project is supported by the City Of Port Phillip though the Cultural Development Fund 2015

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