Support Project Respect / Watch Daughter Film

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***While this campaign is now officially over we will be still accepting any outstanding donations until 8am, Saturday 24 February 2018

This is what FilmInk, Australia's leading film source, says about Project Respect's fundraiser: 'Watch a great Australian short and raise money for abused and at risk women at the same time. A challenging look at media perception of assault victims becomes an opportunity to help the marginalised.'

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Project Respect is a support and referral service for women in the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation. It is also the only specific service in Australia that provides support for women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation. Women who have been trafficked often require intensive one-on-one support.

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Project Respect supports some of the most vulnerable women in our society. We are a non-profit, feminist, community-based organisation. At Project Respect we believe that all women have the right to feel safe and respected. The movie Daughter provides visual demonstration of this issue and we are thankful to collaborate with the film to raise greater awareness.

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Project Respect not only provides support and referrals for women in the sex industry and women trafficked, but is also a peer led community where women feel safe to discuss or disclose whatever they wish. Some women tell us that this is the only space where they are able to speak freely about their involvement in the industry, without fear of discrimination or stigma.

More info: http://www.projectrespect.org.au/

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When you donate AUD30 to Project Respect's campaign we would like to thank you with a gift - watching DAUGHTER online. Daughter is a short, Australian award-winning film starring Golden Globe nominated actress Katherine Langford. Daughter aims to begin a conversation about violence against women and victim blaming in our society.

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What's Daughter about?

Daughter explores the way women are viewed in society by following three female characters on a Friday night out in St Kilda. The main themes explored in the film are violence against women and victim blaming.

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 However Daughter is not just a short film, it is much more – it's an awareness project produced to educate and start discussion about attitudes towards women in our communities,- a crucial first step in instigating positive change. 

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Daughter explores the way women are viewed in society by following three opposing female characters on a Friday night out in St Kilda – Alethea, a soon-to-be-wed business woman; Jemma, a mother and veteran sex worker; and Scarlett, a young, impressionable party girl

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Each woman varies in age, culture, wealth, education and social status, but the women's lives will become entwined this fateful night and affected by an act of violence.

Through each character's experience Daughter shows the audience that any woman can become a victim of violence and that victim blaming is an unjustified response to a much deeper, ingrained problem.

As Scarlett (Katherine Langford) says at the end of Daughter: ‘It could’ve been me or my friend – could’ve been any woman. It could’ve been anybody’s mother, sister or even your daughter.’

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Daughter is loosely based on and inspired by the tragic murders of Jill Meagher in Brunswick and St Kilda's own Tracy Connelly, whose occupation as a sex worker was highlighted in the media, leading to her murder and personal story being sadly overshadowed.
 
Here's what people have to say about DAUGHTER:
A challenging look at media perception of assault victims becomes an opportunity to help the marginalised. Watch a great Australian short and raise money for abused and at risk women at the same time.
— Travis Johnson, Filmink
Society is being fed messages via the media that violence against women is unacceptable yet the media also portrays messages that violence is deemed somewhat acceptable depending on the status a woman holds in society. Women and crimes committed against them should not be segregated into categories influenced by values based on stigma and discrimination based on ‘decency’.

For a crime of the same nature there is a public outrage for one woman yet with another it is deemed ‘acceptable’ leads me to question-where does ‘decency’ fit into such train of thought and acceptance? Why does one murder result in a protest of 30,000 people and continual front page headlines, yet another murder had a candlelight vigil of 500 people and a few paragraphs on the third page of the newspaper. Identification?

One was identified as a loving wife - the other a sex worker. Society as a whole needs to have a good look at itself as violence against women should apply to all-there should be no elimination process, regardless.
— Project Respect Women’s Advisory Group Founding Member, and former sex worker
I wrote the story of Jemma into my film Daughter because I wanted to reduce the stigma associated with sex work, while simultaneously separating the job label from the women undertaking the work. I’m really pleased to have Daughter associated with Project Respect and their community because the organisation carries out its duties in a compassionate way, free of judgement.

Project Respect’s kindness and inclusion to all women within the industry deserves support on many levels and I hope that together Daughter and Project Respect can make an impact to the wellbeing of the women working within the industry.
— Sarah Jayne - Daughter Writer & Director.
Be inspired. Watch this film. Be the voice. Tell three friends. Begin a new conversation about women. Be the change. Thank you!
— Dr Carmela Baranowska - Founder and Spokesperson, We Are Moving Stories

Behind the scenes - Writer/Director Sarah-Jayne at center.

Behind the scenes - Writer/Director Sarah-Jayne at center.

About Sarah Jayne

Sarah Jayne is a writer and director with Nexus Production Group (NPG) who started her indie film and television career as a production designer in 2006.

Sarah Jayne has worked on numerous short films with industry heavyweights including Princess Pictures and The Boilermaker Pty Ltd, just to name a few. Her feature film credits Taj, the one Dace Decklan: Private Eye, Oddball starring Shane Jacobson and The Subjects by Instinct Entertainment.

In 2013 Sarah Jayne moved into writing and directing her first film, Dusk and from there she has been predominately working as a writer, director and producer on her own projects, Anniversary and her biggest and boldest yet, Daughter starring Katherine Langford.

Sarah Jayne was recently one of the co-writers and co-directors on NPG's ambitious improvised feature film, shot in one night on New Year's Eve, Friends, Foes & Fireworks and she is now directing NPG's next improvised film set in four countries titled In Corpore. 

 

Film Festivals and Awards

• Cannes Film Festival

Official selection, Short Film Corner, May 2016

• Women Media Arts and Film Festival

Winner Best Fiction Short Film, Sydney Oct 2016

• Wollongong Film Festival, NSW

Official selection, Oct 2016

• Anarco Film Festival

Winner Grapple Award, Melbourne March 2017

• Houston World Fest USA

Winner Silver Remi award for Longer Short Film, April 2017

• Reel Sydney Festival of World Cinema

Official Selection, May 2017

THIS CAMPAIGN IS NOW LIVE AND WILL END 8AM WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 AEST

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GOAL

raise AUD2000 to pay for intensive one-on-one support to women who have been trafficked into Australia for sexual exploitation. We can provide counseling. The cost of counseling is $50 per 1 hour of intensive one-on-one support

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GIFT

when you donate AUD30 to Project Respect you will be able to watch Daughter, a short, Australian award-winning film starring Golden Globe nominated actress Katherine Langford. Daughter aims to begin a conversation about violence against women and victim blaming in our society.

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THIS CAMPAIGN IS NOW LIVE AND WILL END 8AM WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 AEST