Australian short film Daughter will screen as an online viewing party and fundraiser at 8pm on February 16, courtesy of We Are Moving Stories. The film, which stars Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), explores the themes of violence against women and victim blaming, set against the backdrop of St. Kilda nightlife, drawing loosely on the 2012/2013 Melbourne murders of journalist Jill Meagher and sex worker Tracey Connelly and the subsequent juxtaposition in the representation of each woman in the media.
Writer and director Sara-Jayne will so an online Q&A after the 30 minute film streams. “Daughter lead actor Katherine Langford wore black in solidarity with #metoo and #timesup when nominated at the Golden Globes earlier this year. She has also spoken up about the #TimesUp movement,” the filmmaker said.
Revenue raised will go to Melbourne-based Project Respect, funding their work with women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation.
Dr Carmela Baranowskam, the founder of We Are Moving Stories, said “With the weekend revelations that Uma Thurman was also assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and the constant and continuing #metoo and #timesup references at the Golden Globes and Grammys discussions about women in our society, #metoo and #timesup are more relevant than ever.”
A new online platform, We Are Moving Stories helps promote progressive screen work and fund causes at the same time. “In the past you could go to the cinema, watch a film and help support your favourite cause at a fundraiser. For $30 you can support a cause and receive the gift of watching a film endorsed by your cause. You can do all this in the comfort of your own home.”
Tickets are available here.