Some of the people we’ve interviewed and events we’ve covered so far:
Herb is a highly skilled and experienced Couples and Family Therapist, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Addictions Counsellor Specialist, Clinical Supervisor, educator and trainer and men's behavioural change program facilitator. He works from a trauma informed, neuro-biologically based, attachment focused systemic view. His style in all his work is dialogical, existential and relational. Currently Herb is leading a team of 8 highly skilled and professional clinicians at Relationships Australia, Northern Sydney Centre.
Wayne's journey is from a highly traumatic and violent childhood, through addiction and criminality, then onto living a drug free life of compassion and caring for others. Deep change can occur. It takes work. Wayne's story is full of sign posts.
Melissa's mission is to educate employers on gender identity and to raise awareness that transgender people are valuable employees that contribute greatly to all organisations. And she does this with conviction and compassion because she has lived the experience herself.
Nicole is a living testament to the ability of the human spirit to overcome severe childhood trauma. What happened to Nicole is so distressing that it takes courage even to hear her story. Yet she has found her way through to an adulthood in which she has been able to reclaim herself and find a way to be in the world. And she's done this with all but no support from social services or medical professionals.
A driven and committed advocate for inspiring change to attitudes around mental health, Rae is passionate about breaking down stigma and shame often associated with how people are feeling. Delivering a positive difference to organisations, communities and individuals, Rae reminds people that it really is OK, to not be OK.
Cassie Jaye is a San Francisco filmmaker who directs and produces documentaries. Her latest documentary, "The Red Pill", follows her journey learning about the Men's Rights Movement. When she came to Australia to release it, she found herself in the eye of an Australian media storm. The sore point seemed to be that in the course of making the documentary, she had begun questioning some of her feminist beliefs. Whatever their political leanings, a reasonable person could surely ask why Jaye, an award-winning director, can't make a documentary about the growing men's rights movement.
Brazilian-born Dr Augusto Zimmermann is an internationally known legal scholar. Dr Zimmermann is a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia; President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA); and Editor of the Western Australian Jurist law journal. In 2012 Dr Zimmermann was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research. Some of his articles are: Law and Creation; The 'Darwin' of German legal theory; The Christian foundations of the rule of law in the West: a legacy of liberty and resistance against tyranny; and The Darwinian roots of the Nazi legal system.
Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.
Karen Straughan is famous for being a controversial gender politics Vlogger and Men’s Rights Advocate. Because of the nature of the stances she takes, many people are keen to dismiss her without even considering her arguments long enough to refute them. If Gender Studies departments were open to diverse and provocative views across the ideological spectrum, Karen would perhaps be a celebrity academic on par with Slavoj Zizek. Like Zizek, Karen is one of the more fascinating intellectuals of the 2010s. She is fascinating, in part, because you can gain incredible insights from both agreeing and disagreeing with her.
In March 2015 Sunday’s sister was found dead in a car. A neighbor was alerted after hearing the car horn that one of the victim’s young children sounded. The brothers were then aged about seven and two-and-a-half. The neighour reported hearing arguing and “bloodcurdling screams” from the home during the night. A 34-year-old man from Hackham West, believed to be the woman’s partner, was arrested. This is the first interview that Sunday has given telling the story.
Zita arrived in Australia as a refugee from South Sudan at five years of age. She is the first person in her family to complete university, was the first Sudanese woman to graduate from law in Australia, and the first female African-Australian to stand for the federal Senate. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Legal Service SA, Zita is devoting her career to providing legal services to disadvantaged members of the community, particularly women and children experiencing family violence.
Sue Nash has lived in the same apartment for over two decades and in that time has made many calls to triple zero. Sue has multiple sclerosis, and is in a wheel chair, yet this doesn't make her any more or less afraid to make the call to triple zero. She considers this as simply a natural thing to do as a caring, responsible member of a community.
Dr Elspeth McInnis AM is a researcher sociologist in the School of Education at the University of South Australia with expertise in areas of family violence, child abuse and child protection. Her research has focused on family separation and divorce, and the policies, practices and institutions which respond to families, particularly those where family violence is an issue. She has been a member of a number of Federal Taskforces on diverse issues including the income support system, child support policy and health checks for pre-school children.
Terese Edwards is CEO of The National Council of Single Mothers and their Children (NCSMC). NCSMC has been an organisation for single mothers since its conception in the early 1970s. Its mission statement is to ‘Eliminate and respond to violence, hardship and inequality for single mothers and their children'. NCSMC believes that having access to information and support when and as required is empowering, enabling women to make informed decisions, and better equips them to protect and support themselves and their children.
Craig Rigney is a Ngarrindjeri man born in Gawler, country SA and is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kornar Winmil Yunti, which is an Aboriginal male health service and provides a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal men. Having previously worked for Adelaide City Council and then SA Health, Aboriginal Health Branch, Craig formulated the vision of Kornar Winmil Yunti and worked in partnership with Murray Mallee Health to make it a reality. Kornar Winmil Yunti is now in its sixth year.
Andrew Creagh has been a journalist for 30+ years and a magazine publisher. As a journalist he has a well practised skill in keeping an open mind able to hear the widely variying experiences and stories of hundreds over people over the years.
Noel Posus has developed a number of strengths and talents over his 30+ year career as an educator and coach, and focuses on developing strengths and talents in others. He is currently a Leadership Development Specialist with the Western Sydney Local Health District.
Karen Willis OAM, Executive Officer of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia has worked against violence against women for over 30 years, commencing her role with Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia in 2002. Karen is a fearless advocate for women’s rights, and particularly for the rights for those who have experienced sexual, domestic or family violence to receive the highest standard of professional assistance in their recovery, and full redress for the crimes through the criminal justice system.
On 21st Jan 2017 women's marches took place in many cities around the world. The election of Trump was the inciting incident due to the many indicators that he was not 'women friendly'. The marches became more than that, however. Women, and men, of all ages and nationalities, came together to highlight the inequity women around the world still suffer. filmstretch filmed the march and also some interviews with people participating in the march.
Lucy Rhoades holds an MA, MPhil and PhD in social theory and research from London University and has strong interviewing, research and analysis skills. When living in the UK Lucy was an editor at The Directory of Social Change in London. Now living in Australia, we were able to interview Lucy who has invaluable insight into the dynamics of abusive relationships due to having first hand experience and also having in depth academic knowledge in the field of sociology.
Gunter Swoboda works with men and the issues they are dealing with. Through growing evidence that men collectively are in a state of social and psychological crisis, he began to see a growing need for men to learn to be more emotionally responsive, behaviourally flexible and therefore emotionally resilient. This interest in men’s issues has led Gunter to develop the project ‘Making Good Men Great’, a project that aims at helping men to rethink masculinity, provide a way to help men shape their lives to be aligned to thrive, and finally to become an inspiration to others.
Erica Bagshaw brings insight into resilience which is a skill we need in place to combat domestic violence. She is a respected Executive Coach and a dynamic Facilitator and a specialist in Resilience. Through her Coaching she deepens peoples capacity to perform at increasingly higher levels of effectiveness amid the pressure of the complexity and ambiguity we all face in the 21st century.
Colin James is one of Australia's principal Corporate Trainers. Among the diverse range of themes and skill sets Colin teaches are Change Management, Leadership and Persuasion and Influence Skills, all of which we need in the work to combat domestic violence. Colin has been described by Derek Williams (President of Oracle Asia Pacific), as the "World's best Facilitator". His approach to his work, as to his life, is premised on the values of honesty, directness, integrity and reliability. Within this, Colin brings a profound commitment to realizing outcomes which enhance the personal as well as the professional capacities of people.
Anita Bentata - an expert and psychotherapist on abuse, stress, turning your life around, why women get caught, what is needed to get out, and how to talk to your friend / family member if they are in an abusive relationship. Anita uses the power of fairy tales - stories - to assist people to recognise their own situation in a safe way (and she has experienced DV herself).
Lisa McAdams is a Domestic Violence Strategist and Solutions Consultant. Lisa is a survivor of DV and has spent the last decade researching and understanding the complexities of this issue. Lisa’s time in corporate taught her to have a pragmatic solution-based approach to this complicated issue and now uses this knowledge of both DV and the corporate environment to bring insight on this emotional subject in a level-headed, no-nonsense way that speaks the language of business. Lisa will share what nobody else is saying about domestic violence and family abuse.
Lieutenant General David Morrison AO was named Australian of the Year for 2016. Committed to making the Army an inclusive force, he told anyone not willing to work with women and accept them as equals, "There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters." We are grateful for David's support in making this film possible, particularly by delivering the keynote at our fund raising dinner.
Martin Fisk is the Chief Executive of Menslink and joined in March 2011. Since joining Menslink, he has significantly expanded the reach of both the mentoring and counselling programs which now provide free services to more young men across Canberra than ever before. An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups across the region about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including violence, mental health, drugs and alcohol and suicide. In 2012, Martin designed the award-winning Silence is Deadly campaign to reduce the stigma of admitting to problems and encourage more young men...
In 1999, Gayle Walker returned to Sydney from Pennsylvania, USA, having fled a domestically violent relationship. The road to recovery was slow ‘I couldn’t look people directly in the eye for 6 years’. Despite this Gayle kept putting one foot in front of the other. She became the No.1 selling agent 3 years running at [W] Estate Agents. She then went onto launch Gayle Walker Real Estate in 2007 and in 2015 merged her business with Sydney Sotheby's International Realty. Gayle story and strength are an inspiration.