Film student Allie talks through the inspiration behind her short film, Victim, and gives some context as to how statistics and information can be shaped into a creative message.
“We were inspired by a film competition, Four4, to create a four-frame film, with each frame four seconds long. We looked towards domestic violence statistics and information for inspiration.
According to an article published by The Guardian, in 2010, more than 40% of domestic violence victims are men, but these victims are often overlooked, and not given the necessary help from charities and emergency services.
In the 2008-09 bulletin from the Home Office, there was an estimated 4.5 million female victims of domestic violence, and 2.6 million male victims.
Campaigners have claimed that men are often regarded as ‘second-class victims’; are usually not taken seriously by emergency services, especially when the female is the perpetrator. There are nearly 8,000 refuges for women in England and Wales, but only 60 for men.
Inspired by this shocking information, we thought we would use this short film brief, to try and reflect an extremely overlooked problem. In our research, we found that even when a male has reported domestic violence to the authorities, the information is often twisted around by the female perpetrator, and often men see their attackers walk free, or even worse, be imprisoned themselves.
Inspired by popular music video ‘Breezeblocks’ by Alt-J, we created our film in reverse.”