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Socially Sanctioned

Six short animated docos about women abused by the institutions and people who were supposed to be protecting them.

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Impact areas

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Cath Murphy

  • PRODUCER Cath Murphy and Annabelle Murphy

Synopsis

DURATION: 8 MINUTES

From having to relinquish a child, to facing daily violence as a front-line medical worker, to being Sudanese in downtown Melbourne, to smuggling lipstick down your cleavage to give to refugee women in off-shore detention... this compelling series of short animated documentaries gives voice to Australian women whose lives have been blighted by the institutions and people who were supposed to be protecting them.

Speaking to camera, the women's stories, both individually and collectively, raise big questions about the society we live in... How come institutional abuse is able to persist? What does society owe its most vulnerable? Are some Australians ‘more equal' than others?

Using simple rotoscoped lines and minimal sound, each engaging episode is raw, direct and authentic.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In contemporary Australia, institutionalised, tacitly sanctioned, abuse continues in a multitude of settings – despite the awareness of those in charge and that of the general public. The women’s stories presented in this series are shocking, but sadly, not new. Why do we Australians – who pride ourselves on our sense of fairness – allow this to continue?

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

By telling the stories of individual people and making these violations feel personal to the viewer, Socially Sanctioned can contribute to raising debate, as well as shifting the audience from a state of simply ‘knowing’ to one of taking action.

Australians are not unaware of the stories documented in Socially Sanctioned but is it easier to be passive than active… We aim to help tip the balance in favour of the victims.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

This project aims to have two distinct types of outcome:

1) RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH MEDIA
To produce six high quality short animated docos to raise awareness, and hopefully outrage, in the wider community of socially sanctioned abuse in Australia.

2) DIRECT ACTION
Equally importantly, Cath’s vision for this project is for it to be highly socially inclusive in its production methods. Rotoscope work is perfectly suited to distribute online, in job lots, to a number of inexperienced animators. Episode One, ‘White Goods’, (now completed), was animated by seven people, all of whom were capable, but marginalised and/or under employed. These people were trained by Cath personally in the technological and creative aspects of the rotoscope process, thus providing them with new computer and IT skills – while being paid appropriately for their work. It is Cath’s intention to continue this working method, making sure the production process as inclusive as possible.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

1. RASING AWARENESS THROUGH MEDIA
Using a unique combination of raw verbatim truth-telling - presented through a ‘once removed’ animation style is designed to give the audience a new way of seeing, and engaging with, serious social issues. We believe that this combination of creative choices will be slightly less confronting, and more compelling, than straight live action - enabling individual audience members to stay engaged with the characters and their sometimes hard-to-hear stories.

2) DIRECT ACTION
Pollyanna Films will undertake the employment methods described above, employing marginalised people as rotoscope animators for the series.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

not applicable at this time

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

One of the main reasons for making Socially Sanctioned is to help shift the audience from a passive to an active state through engaging with these documentaries – to move from ‘knowing’ to ‘doing’. Actions might involve joining campaigns, signing online petitions, writing to Members of Parliament as well as offering empathy and direct support for victims of socially sanctioned abuse.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

1) RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH MEDIA
The media offer an incredible platform to expose human rights violations and to excite a response in an audience. We will know we have succeeded if we demonstrably help shift audience focus to issues presented in the series – for example through attracting a high profile online distributor and/or gaining a wide audience. To spark further discussion, for example through talkback radio, would also be a mark of success.

2) DIRECT ACTION
If the series is made, we WILL have succeeded in the Social Enterprise objective of this series. Through directly employing marginalised individuals as rotoscope animators, through training and upskilling them in areas of technology, we will be achieving the direct action component of this socially inclusive project.