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The Journey to Nostos

Two friends travel with Odysseus to show men how to change their violent and aggressive behaviour.


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  • DIRECTOR Mick Cummins

  • PRODUCER Mick Cummins



The Journey to Nostos is a unique look at The Odyssey through the eyes of two men, one an eminent psychotherapist and best selling author on men’s issues, and the other a modern day Odysseus with a strong personal and ancestral connection to this ancient story. Dr Peter O’Connor and Pete Andrews travel with Odysseus on his ten-year journey home to his kingdom of Ithaca following the brutal and bloody Trojan War. They show us how a violent warrior hero is forced by the Gods to identify as a different sort of hero before he is re-united with his wife and son. Odysseus’ ten year journey home is a journey to his authentic self. O’Connor and Pete will show us how each stage of this return home is like the aperture of a camera being opened further to the light, bringing greater insight and understanding of the need to nurture and develop the feminine values of reflection, humility and emotion into our way of being.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The issue of aggression and violence in the home, on our streets and in our workplaces and institutions is a widespread, serious societal problem. Around 95% of all victims of violence, whether women or men, experience violence from a male perpetrator. While men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home.. Domestic or family violence against women is the single largest driver of homelessness for women, a common factor in child protection notifications, and results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the country. The combined health, administration and social welfare costs of violence against women have been estimated to be $21.7 billion a year, with projections suggesting that if no further action is taken to prevent violence against women, costs will accumulate to $323.4 billion over a thirty year period from 2014-15 to 2044-45.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We aim to produce a film that engages an audience fully and shows to them clearly and insightfully about a way of changing men’s aggressive and violent behaviour in our community. We aim to continue our dialogue with the range of organisations and individuals who are dealing with men's violence on a daily basis, to better understand their needs to deliver a film and education package that will have the maximum social impact.


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

In the short term we plan to make the film available to the full range of organisations dealing with the issue of men’s aggressive and violent behaviour. Some run specific Men’s Behaviour Change programs such as Relationships Australia and No to Violence while others like the police force and the ADF are aiming to change the behaviour of their members. The film and the x8-edited modules will act as the basis for the production of the specific needs based education resource. Full implementation of the film and the education resource will occur across all organisations with the aim of maximising its impact on service users, program attendees and relevant staff. Medium term comes will be measured at the completion of the various behaviour change and training programs while longer term outcomes will be measured by the impact the film and associated education package has had on the men involved in the project.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

We aim to continue to build our partnerships with the full range of organisations dealing with the issue of men’s aggressive and violent behaviour. We see this as being critical to the success of the project. It is through these partnerships that we will maximise our audience potential for the film itself as well to develop the most appropriate needs based education and training packages. It is through these partnerships that we can expand the reach of the film and be able to tailor the associated material to best outcome.


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

We have developed strong relationships with a number of organisations who have expressed an interest in using the film as part of their men’s behaviour change programs, both for their client group and for their workforce. We are have been working very closely for example with Relationships Australia Victoria and No to Violence. All the organisations we have approached have reacted very positively to the idea of using the film in their respective education and training programs however some have told us they will need to view the film once completed before being involved in the development of an education/training package that will best fit their needs. We are continuing to liaise with all of the participant organisations throughout the project’s development. These relationships are all critical for both the audience reach and for the appropriate development of the individual educational resources.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

The immediate response we expect from the audience after viewing the film is a strong sense of recognition and understanding of their own lives and how violence and aggression has played a part in it, either as a perpetrator or as a victim. We hope (and expect) that the film will spark a process of deep personal reflection that will act as the basis for genuine and lasting behaviour change and a reduction in the incidence of men’s violence. We hope that the film will inspire the organisations leaders to implement the education/training modules in their various programs and assist in spreading the word and encourage others in the field to use the film to combat violence and aggression. We see the project (the film and education resource) having a long lifespan in the same way that its inspiration, The Odyssey, has had such a powerful influence on us for 3,000 years.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

In the short term we will know if we have achieved our impact vision through the numbers of organisation who partner us after watching the film and then engage in developing an education/training resource that best fits their specific needs in combating and preventing violent and aggressive behaviour.

Medium term achievement will be measured by the numbers of men who are engaged in the project and their demonstrated qualitative and quantifiable response to it. The organisation leaders will play a critical role in this evaluation as they have the necessary expertise and a positive outcome is important to the continuing deployment of their resources.

Long-term achievement will be measured by the quantitative data reflected in the statistics gathered on the incidence of violence in the home, the workforce and in the community. Recidivist violence will be the most telling statistic as it will specifically indicate the impact the film and the project has had on the men it has targeted.