The world needs more female super HERoes – but not just on the big screen! One Melbourne based film production company wants to see more everyday female heroes on the streets. After a spate of violent attacks on women in Melbourne, filmmakers Brenda Clarke and Vilash Patel were driven to do something positive to empower all women.
These two determined women set out to step up and harness community concerns - and the power of the #MeToo movement. The result is a timely short film written by Brenda called “My HERo.” The film puts a feminist twist on the usual HEro storyline said Brenda, adding that it’s a battle of good vs evil, the sexes and what happens when a life is on the line. With the question - will love triumph over adversity?
“Our message is that while women should be able to walk the streets safely on their own, we can’t wait for councils or other groups to fix the current situation,” said producer Vilash Patel. “If we want things to change we have to stand up for ourselves, inspire each other to be strong and help raise awareness.”
My HERo is a short film which highlights the issue of women’s safety in the general community, the LGBTQI community and right across the spectrum of diversity which Melbourne is so well known for. Like Stage and Screen, Vilash and Brenda are particularly aware that women in the creative industries are often faced with the additional risk of careers which require them to be out late at night. This has been sadly highlighted by the fact that one of the Melbourne victims was a young comedian who was murdered while walking home from a gig.
To be filmed in Melbourne’s laneways, My HERo will be shot from a woman’s perspective, with strong female characters, while aiming to change the sub conscious biases that affect all women, especially the lesbian and gay community. Vilash, from Triurban Media Productions and Brenda, from Australian Maid Productions - also aim to shoot with a crew featuring all female department heads.
Stage and Screen is proud to help raise awareness of this project, as it’s a topic close to our hearts. “Many of our entertainment clients plus their loyal fans and audiences are regular late night goers, so increasing community awareness of female safety is paramount,” said Gregory Lording - Stage and Screen General Manager.
However putting a short film together doesn’t come cheap, even when it is less than ten minutes in length! “We’ve been fortunate to get a lot of support in kind to help reduce costs, but we’re also applying for grants and setting up a fundraising page,” said Vilash. “Our hope is to shoot early next year and to take the film to a wide range of festivals around the world including the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.
Ultimately, Triurban Media want to start a conversation in the community and in schools about keeping yourself safe. They also hope to show the film at the 2020 White Night Melbourne event, along with a self-defence demonstration which encourages women to learn how to protect themselves.