An educational film for school children which addresses the impact of domestic abuse on children, was shown at Cineworld today to teachers, pupils and the Minister for Early Years & Childcare, Maree Todd.
The film ‘Keeping Mum’, which stars Mark Cox and Jane McCarry, better known for their roles as Tam and Isa in the hit comedy Still Game, was developed after several years of partnership working between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) Health Improvement Team, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership and Community Safety Glasgow, and Baldy Bane Theatre company who were originally commissioned by the Scottish Government to produce a play on domestic abuse for P5 – P7 children across Glasgow.
The play was so successful that the script was redeveloped to produce a high quality film that could be shown to children across Scotland through NHS Endowment funding.
The film ‘Keeping Mum’ and the original play consist of three children’s experiences of domestic abuse and how it affects their daily lives. The film will be shown to children to compliment the original play, which also includes a teacher pack and workshops which give children the opportunity to explore some of the issues raised in the film, understand other peoples feeling who may be living with domestic abuse and offers them the chance to talk about domestic abuse with other class mates and their teachers.
The film has been produced by Soundsmove Production and is available with sign language, audio descriptor and subtitles.
Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Marie Todd, said: “I want to congratulate the makers of the film for raising the awareness of this very difficult and challenging subject. Attitudes towards domestic abuse are changing but it is still a very serious public health issue that disrupts the lives of many children and young people.
“Our strategy to stop domestic abuse, Equally Safe, recognises the issue has very significant consequences for the victim, and that children and young people growing up in that setting are also seriously affected even if the abuse is not directed at them. We want children to feel like they can talk about the tough experiences they have, both to their teachers, their family and their friends.
“We recognise that these experiences can affect children in many different ways later in life and support from a trusted adult at the right time can make a huge difference.”
Barbara Adzajlic, Health Improvement Senior, NHSGGC said: “Domestic abuse is a huge public health issue that affects many children and young people across Scotland.
“I am delighted that this film has arrived. This follows years of work developing a really strong programme for primary schools to deal with a difficult but very important subject.
“The film is moving and thought-provoking for children and adults alike. It provides a long-lasting resource that will be useful for training and discussion among professionals, and will allow children to explore the topic in a safe and age-appropriate way.
“The commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism of the director, cast and crew to this project has been wonderful to see and I would like to thank them again for producing this fantastic resource.”
David Goodall from Soundsmove added: “This is such a difficult subject but is important to highlight, and I was especially grateful to get a cast and crew of such a high pedigree.
“Jane McCarry and Mark Cox (Still Game’s Tam and Isa) were keen to come onboard from the get-go, as they are keen supporters of changing attitudes through film in education.
“The crew featured the likes of Maryann Hughes - a BBC 1st AD and producer; Beth Foley - a makeup artist with River City.
“Fellow cast members include Victoria O’Rourke who has collected awards in New York and LA for films in which she has featured.
“We auditioned in Glasgow over several days to find our lead actors: Stella McCardie, Natasha MacDonald and Luke Adair, and they were excellent members of the cast, who handled their demanding roles with great skill and sensitivity.”
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Pic: Some of the cast members of Keeping Mum including Mark Cox and Jane McCarry of Still Game fame (1st and 2nd on left)