Break the Cycle is a script inspired by true stories from actresses in South East Queensland. We have taken the stories of abuse and put them into a script that encourages young people to collectively stand up against abusers and prevent abuse from occuring thereafter. We don't want another Me Too movement in a decades time!
We have the cast and crew who have volunteered our time but we would like to cover basic expenses which include insurance, location expenses, film festival submissions (which is a large expense), website hosting, and toward victims of abuse ****FIND THE RIGHT CHARITY*****.
The film will be around 30 minutes long and it is anticipated to be screneed at dozens of film festivals around the world prior to be put online for distribution. This film will not only inform an audience, in an entertaining manner, what constitutes subtle abuse while reinforcing the message that this type of behaviour will no longer be tolerated by the next generation. In this sense, this film becomes a notion of aspiration and compels cast and crew to collectively recognise and stand against any form of abuse in the film industry. It is time to Break the Cycle.
BACKGROUND TO THE SCRIPT
It is no surprise that there is abuse in the film industry even on a local scale. In some cases it can be a subtle unwanted gensture of affection. In more moderate cases, it is a director suggesting an aspiring young actress come to their residence to discuss working together and that being a condition of the role. The most extreme case, however, is direct sexual misconduct which is often hidden and takes several years to come out. We are only now just hearing stories 10 or more years after the alleged abuses, hence the Me Too movement gaining traction.
Sadly, after discussing the Australian industry with dozens of actresses many also have similar stories of abuse. We have used a few of these examples to generate a script that encapsulates the personal struggles of aspiring young actresses in the film industry.
The script also recognises that there are men who are actively against abuse but are unsure of how to address it. The prevailing attitude seems to be that cast and crew are afraid of losing work if they speak out against the heirarchy who may have behaved inappropriately toward actresses.
While this may seem no different to a regular workplace, the difference is that film set staff are on a contract that is often signed and agreed to by the director. Therefore, there is a massive power imbalance where the director and producer become "demi-gods" and sometimes this power imbalance is utilised to further abuse staff in the film industry. We have seen so many examples of these in the Me Too movement.
It is paramount that the cycle of abuse is stemmed and prevented by collectively creating a culture of industry professionalism that stands up against inappropriate behaviour especially when there is a power imbalance.
Amongst the #metoo movement and a few others which gave rise to a revolution to speak up about harassment and sexual misconduct in the film industry and in the lives of a an abundance of women, #timesup came into being during the Harvey Weinstein scandals where a plethora of actresses chose to (some, after many years) speak up about the sexual bribery regarding this acclaimed producer.
"Break the Cycle" is a film around this subject matter to give a visual to the unbelievable common stories in the film industry.