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Three Women, Three Lives, One Night of Violence
Daughter is an award-winning short film and awareness project produced by Nexus Production Group, starring Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why, Love Simon) in the lead role of Scarlett.
The film explores violence against women and victim blaming in our society, themes which are shown through the eyes of three different women as they venture out on a Friday night in St Kilda. Through a series of separate experiences over the course of the night each woman separately questions her lifestyle choices, and by the end of the night their lives become entwined and affected by an act of violence, leaving each woman reflecting upon her place in society.
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 around her 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.
'Daughter brings awareness to the issues facing women today and shows people that we need to work together to eradicate violence and inappropriate behaviour towards women.'
– Female student of the Advanced Diploma of Justice, Holmesglen TAFE Waverley Campus, 2016
Daughter is a timely film and education tool focused on being a positive part of the change.
Daughter is suitable for viewing and analysis within secondary-level classrooms, TAFEs and larger community group screenings and can be utilised to discuss victim blaming, gendered violence, stereotypes and the media's perceptions of women in this day and age.
'Daughter' complemented the student's learning around victim blaming and gendered crime within their various criminal justice units. Students and teachers alike found the film to be thought provoking and a good platform to begin a discussion about challenging stereotypes and changing attitudes towards violence within our community. Challenging stereotypes and victim blaming is a conversation that we need to be having in our communities.
– Tamara Cousins, Course Coordinator Advanced Diploma of Justice, Holmesglen TAFE Waverley Campus