Our ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ campaign is attracting countywide interest and we have several meetings planned in the coming weeks to discuss funding and of course, our film.
If you would like to get involved with any aspect of our anti-bullying message, please email [email protected]
Laurence is the owner of Offset Films, created in 2015 as an indi film production company and based in Suffolk. Offset Films has worked on a number of projects from feature films to commercials and music videos.
As a Film maker working on the “Speak Up, Speak Out” campaign, it has been a fantastic experience. From a storytelling perspective the experiences that our interviewees have been through are rich in drama and emotion; but inevitably when creating a film such as this, one is forced to ask some serious questions. Why?! How can we let it happen?
What is it about these people that make others tear them down? From listening to the survivors, I can clearly see a common theme: Difference. But if everyone was all the same the world would be a boring place to live. When we think about bullying there are common images that play in my mind. But what I found much more insidious was some of the other reasons people have been bullied; their faith, sexual orientation or being adopted. These can be fundamental building blocks of one’s character and when they are assaulted it’s no wonder that the scars run deep. Working on the “Speak up, Speak out” campaign has given me a chance to reflect and review the way I interact with friends and family. For those brave enough to come forward, I say thanks.
During the filming for our anti-bullying campaign I have met some great people. I remember filming day and us all stood around in the studio slightly nervous about what was to come, but it didn’t take long for us all to start laughing and joking around. Although, things did become serious and the atmosphere did alter when filming commenced. It was so humbling to be able to hear the others’ experiences and how they differed from mine. I think it was really interesting to see that, although all the bullying experiences are very different, they all had a common factor; the way the bullying made us feel. Anti-bullying is about spreading the word of the impact someone else’s actions and behaviour can have upon us. I have though, come to recognise more, that there must be a reason as to why people bully. I think that it’s just as important to recognise our stories as the receivers as much as the bullies’ story – there must be a reason as to why bullies do what they do.