It’s almost a year since The Dangerous Dance gala dinner and we’ve just updated the Dangerous Dance website so it’s definitely time to update you all.
We’ll start with a funding update; to us the production update is more interesting, however, in these days of ADHD, we often don’t make it to the end of a newsletter. And we do have to address the need for funding.
Virginia Hyland and her team at HM Communications Group are still looking for buyers for the donated media packages, which will create $90,000 funding for The Dangerous Dance. Virginia and her team are hopeful that they will sell the packages soon.
Until this funding arrives, filmstretch needs to keep all its corporate video production work front and centre, so currently we can’t give The Dangerous Dance the amount of time and energy we’d love to give it. We’re so looking forward to throwing ourselves into DD production in a major way when the this funding arrives.
And meanwhile you may be able to assist in the following ways:
1. Finding buyers for the media package vouchers
Channel 7 has donated an advertising package worth $50,000 and each of oOh! and Adshel have donated $20,000 worth of outdoor bill-board advertising. Please get in touch with Virginia, at HM Communications, if your company or connections can use these advertising packages. And the bonus is that the buyer’s payment will go towards the production costs of The Dangerous Dance.
2. Tax deductible June donations
As we all know, June is a great month to donate, so that you can both reduce your tax for the year and increase your support to good causes. Tax deductible donations to The Dangerous Dance are via The Documentary Australia Foundation donations page.
Over the last 11 months we’ve been putting time into the demanding task of researching Domestic/Family/Intimate Partner violence and abuse. Through a great deal of reading and discussion we’ve dived deeply into the many varied perspectives about the causes and possible solutions of this disturbing, destructive and widespread phenomena.
The reading and discussions have been emotionally confronting as well as fascinating and thought provoking. You can see the reading list so far at The Dangerous Dance research list.
We’re currently seeing three primary causes:
- Cultural, including patriarchal attitudes around traditional gender roles and a superficial popular culture
- Early childhood attachment issues and family of origin in general
- Psychiatric issues, including personality disorders
It seems that all three of these causes often overlap and interact, and are perceived in different ways depending on the personal experience of the observer.
What is clear is that it’s not a simple issue.
Now that we have a more developed idea of what we’re dealing with in The Dangerous Dance, we have begun interviewing again. Our thanks go out to everyone we’ve spoken to and to those who have agreed to be interviewed. You can see some of the people – and events – we’ve filmed here.
As we’ve proceeded with interviewing we’ve come to realise that many people want to be heard, but don’t feel safe to go on camera. We’re excited that we’ve come up with a way around this by using animated ‘avatars’ – see the video example at the bottom of The Dangerous Dance homepage.
As documentary makers our job is to provide a piece of work that includes multiple points of view, all given equal weight and respect. Our job is to stir new conversations and ideas; it is not our job to promote a single point of view.
Our goal for The Dangerous Dance is to produce a piece of work that not only leaves space for the viewer to think for themselves but actively encourages discussion and consequent innovation.
There are a number of indicators that suggest that this problem is getting worse rather than better so it does seem like it’s a good time to re evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies.
For us to come together to materialise a cultural shift every one of us needs to bring our own beliefs to consciousness, evaluate them and check if any of our assumptions need revision.
As per Martin Fisk’s great metaphor that he offered at the gala dinner ‘We need to make domestic abuse and violence as uncool as we have made smoking.’ This means a shift is required at a cultural level. And this requires innovative, creative thinking and that requires open minds and the willingness to make mistakes and learn from them.
We plan on reporting back to you on our progress at more regular intervals. Once again, thank you for your interest and support.