Calling all family violence prevention workers, social justice filmmakers, educational resource developers and trainers:
Media messaging plays a significant role in the prevention of violence against women. Recently WIRE launched seven short films as part of a financial abuse prevention project that challenge expected narratives about gender, age, culture and money. The films were written and directed with an intersectional lens, and offer representations of women expressing agency in a range of relationship contexts.
Actors Babs McMillan and Zachary Kazepis were strongly drawn to the project, both feeling that the films speak to an urgent need for societal change in the way we understand relationships, power and gender equity.
To celebrate the launch of the films join Paola Sophia in conversation with Babs, Zachary and Jessica about two of the short films: It’s not my responsibility: rent and loans in partnerships, and Lemons are the least of my worries: buying property with family.
This discussion will critically reflect on the context and content of the films, focussing on:
- Power dynamics and money in relationships
- The influence of societal expectations of gender, age, culture on relationships
- The creative process of making family violence prevention films
- Where to get support if you think you may be experiencing financial abuse
About the speakers
Brought up in several countries Babs McMillan has been an active feminist since the age of 15. With a career as an actor, director and trainer spanning 50 years, Babs has appeared in numerous productions for MTC, SATC and RQTC as well as London’s West End. Extensive film and television credits include a long running role in Prisoner, many appearances on the ABC TV, and in Australian films. Babs has directed productions for The Young Vic in London, the Edinburgh Festival, MTC, RQTC, Malthouse Theatre, and independent companies.
Zachary Kazepis is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and composer who has worked prolifically in theatre and film in Melbourne in the last 5 years, as well as touring his acclaimed one man show Last Year’s Eve to Adelaide Fringe in 2019. Most recently Zachary performed in the 2021 Melbourne Comedy Festival show The Business of God, at La Mama Theatre.
Jessica Stott is the Service Delivery Manger at WIRE. She believes in the power and wisdom of lived experience and is committed to feminism as an everyday practice. She has an educational background in psychology and lives in a bustling household with her partner, their four children and a dog.
Dr Paola Sophia Bilbrough is a Project Lead at WIRE. She has a PhD in Feminist Cultural Studies and Creative Practice and is a widely published poet who has been combining writing and filmmaking with gender equity and anti-racism concerns in community contexts for many years. She is preoccupied with the power of language and images, and the way we are constantly shaping our identity with the stories we tell about ourselves