‘Older women are often invisible’: Anne-Marie Duff and Tessa Peake-Jones star in ‘Do You See Her’, a film by Women’s Aid and Ridley Scott Associates
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Women’s Aid and leading production company Ridley Scott Associates and have joined forces to make ‘Do You See Her’, a short film about older women and domestic abuse.
‘Do You See Her’ stars Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette, Shameless), Phil Davis (Quadrophenia, Whitechapel) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses). Louiza Patikas, who plays domestic abuse victim Helen in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, provides the voiceover. It was directed by Paul Andrew Williams (Murdered By My Boyfriend, London to Brighton).
The powerful film, less than two minutes long, shows Peake-Jones and Davis as an older married couple. Duff, their daughter, visits with their young grandchildren for lunch. It is a comfortable, middle-class home; the relationship portrayed is one which many people would not believe is abusive. Women’s Aid has found in its 40 years of experience that older women often do not access support or ask for help, despite domestic abuse happening to women of all ages.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“The film is a stark reminder that even those closest to a woman who is being abused may not know what goes on behind closed doors. Any woman, of any age, can be forced to live in the invisible prison of domestic abuse – including those with adult children and grandchildren. Victim stereotypes are simply not relevant to our understanding of domestic abuse. We want to send a clear message to all older women experiencing abuse: Women’s Aid is here for you. We will help you. It has been a privilege to work with incredible actors and filmmakers to create this vital piece of work. Thank you all.”
Director Paul Andrew Williams said:
“Since learning more about the horrific, all-too common problem of domestic violence whilst working Murdered by my Boyfriend, I felt that now, more than ever, we need to highlight the problem that many women face today. Whilst funding is being cut and important organisations are being forced to restrict the help they can offer vulnerable women, now is the time to raise awareness and show that there are people out there, like Women’s Aid who can help.”
Tessa Peake-Jones said
“I am proud to be raising awareness about domestic abuse affecting older women. Older women are often invisible in many spheres of life, and it can be all too easy to not see what is really going on. I want to give these women a voice: to show them that they are not alone, that they deserve help if they are experiencing domestic abuse.”
Women’s Aid thanks RSA Films and all of the brilliant actors who donated their time free to make this film for us. Post-production was made possible by pro-bono support from ENVY and Framestore. Women’s Aid also thanks Pearl & Dean, Facebook and Instagram for donating free advertising space to ensure that ‘Do You See Her’ reaches as many people as possible.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About RSA Films
In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott created a film and television advertising commercials production company in the United Kingdom where they, and other directors, could create groundbreaking commercials. With offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, RSA Films is one of the leading commercial production companies in the world. With a current roster of over thirty directors, the multi-award winning RSA has established a reputation for excellence and innovation that is revered throughout the industry. http://www.rsafilms.com
About Women’s Aid
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. Over the past 40 years, Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice. We empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of our work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs. We are a federation of over 220 organisations who provide more than 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country. We provide expert training, qualifications and consultancy to a range of agencies and professionals working with survivors or commissioning domestic abuse services, and award a National Quality Mark for services which meet our quality standards. Our campaigns achieve change in policy, practice and awareness, encouraging healthy relationships and helping to build a future where domestic abuse is no longer tolerated. The 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership with Refuge) and our range of online services, which include the Survivors’ Forum, help hundreds of thousands of women and children every year.
Please contact Alice Stride in the Women’s Aid Press Office for further information: [email protected], or call 0207 566 2511.