‘I have done this to spread a message, not to make money,’ says Worcester student

Evesham Journal: CONFRONTATION: Melanie White and Nathan Lowe in a dramatic scene from the film. CONFRONTATION: Melanie White and Nathan Lowe in a dramatic scene from the film.

AN international campaign aiming to end violence against women ends today.

Championed by your Worcester News, for the last 16 days the White Ribbon Campaign has been spreading a message to thousands of men in the county to never condone, accept or ignore violence against women in any form.

More than 1,000 people in Worcestershire have made that very pledge over the last two weeks and, while the campaign may be drawing to a close, its message remains as important as ever.

One of those who will be continuing to promote the cause is amateur film maker Mark Games, a sports coach who is studying at the University of Worcester.

He has turned the spotlight on domestic violence for his latest project, a 20-minute film entitled The Silent War.

The film is set to receive its premiere during a showcase of work by local writers and directors at the Crown Inn, Bransford Road, St John’s, Worcester, starting at 7pm tomorrow. Mr Games, aged 33, has used writing as a way of coping with his mental health struggles ever since childhood.

It was only when he started at the university as a mature student last year that he took his first steps into film making, after taking inspiration from drama students.

Mr Games said the film is about raising awareness of an important subject, not for any commercial gain.

All the actors and crew involved worked on a voluntary basis and Mr Games said: “My intention is to spread a message, not to make money.”

The event will also include a live performance from Worcester band Ronin, who provided much of the music for Mr Games’ film.

The campaign was originally launched in Canada in 1991. Since then more than 2,000 organisations in 156 countries have pledged their support. It has been given backing by the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Violence and the likes of the Worcester Wolves basketball team, the University of Worcester and Worcester City Council.

To pledge support, visit whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/worcestershire.

For more information about Mr Games and his work, visit humanvoiceproductions.weebly.com.

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11:29am Tue 10 Dec 13

Humanvoice says...

Massive thank you to Worcester News for this article. Means so much to myself and all involved. It was an intensive and emotional film-shoot and this is a nice reward. On the film premier night (11th December) we will be holding a charity raffle and auction to raise money for Women's Aid & Men's Advice line, please come and support us.

Thank you.
Humanvoice@hotmail.c
o.uk
Massive thank you to Worcester News for this article. Means so much to myself and all involved. It was an intensive and emotional film-shoot and this is a nice reward. On the film premier night (11th December) we will be holding a charity raffle and auction to raise money for Women's Aid & Men's Advice line, please come and support us. Thank you. Humanvoice@hotmail.c o.uk Humanvoice

2:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

WJS1950 says...

A commendable and much needed campaign to highlight the inexcusable behavior of violence against women.

However, while I do not wish to seem like I'm trivialising this matter and suggest that violence against women is any way tolerable and does not need addressing, we must not forget that men are subject to violence too and the numbers are increasing. About a third of domestic violence reports are against men. But because the numbers of violence against women is higher, and that the issue of men being abused is also seen as a taboo subject which demeans the male's stature and masculinity, violence against men is not as well highlighted as it should be. Violence against men and women must stop.
A commendable and much needed campaign to highlight the inexcusable behavior of violence against women. However, while I do not wish to seem like I'm trivialising this matter and suggest that violence against women is any way tolerable and does not need addressing, we must not forget that men are subject to violence too and the numbers are increasing. About a third of domestic violence reports are against men. But because the numbers of violence against women is higher, and that the issue of men being abused is also seen as a taboo subject which demeans the male's stature and masculinity, violence against men is not as well highlighted as it should be. Violence against men and women must stop. WJS1950

5:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Humanvoice says...

I agree WJS, which is why I asked Mens Advice Line to allow me to place their logo at the end. Violence should stop, end of story. Male, Female, Young, Old, Religious or Racial. One Earth one People.
I agree WJS, which is why I asked Mens Advice Line to allow me to place their logo at the end. Violence should stop, end of story. Male, Female, Young, Old, Religious or Racial. One Earth one People. Humanvoice

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