New web series tackles the issue of violence

VICTIMAS: A new web series by Bega writer, producer and director Patrick O'Halloran will star former SeaChange actor Patrick Dickson (left). Photo: Sahlan Hayes
VICTIMAS: A new web series by Bega writer, producer and director Patrick O'Halloran will star former SeaChange actor Patrick Dickson (left). Photo: Sahlan Hayes

A new web series dealing with the issue of violence against women is being shot across the region.

Written, produced and directed by Oh'Allmhurain Films’ Patrick O'Halloran, the series features Melbourne actor Darcy Scales, and will consist of six short episodes capped off with a ten minute finale.

“I wanted to make a statement about violence against women, and address the topic,” O'Halloran said.

“It is an epidemic in Australia, and probably around the world, and it’s not addressed well by the media, it’s kept behind closed doors and it has to be brought out into the open.

“I think Australian films can be heavy handed when it comes to violence, and I think filmmakers use it to shock people, and the issue is not dealt with very well.”

Everyone should take a stand, and then people will grow up knowing it is not acceptable.

Writer, producer and director Patrick O'Halloran

According to Amnesty International, thousands of women and girls are abused by their families, in armed conflicts and attacked for defending women's rights each year.

O'Halloran said he hopes artists and political leaders can create a future where violence is not socially acceptable.

“I’m not sure if violent people change, but with awareness a social understanding will come, and generations can change,” he said.

“I think it is generational, and we can educate the next generation and bring the issue out from behind closed doors.

“Everyone should take a stand, and then people will grow up knowing it is not acceptable.

“Awareness is where you start,” he said.

Tentatively titled Victimas, the drama series also features former SeaChange and Home and Away actor Patrick Dickson, who recently starred as Maurice in the theatre production The Night Alive.

Shooting for the project will be done in just five days.

“It’s been super complicated, and super ambitious. I’m feeling like we’re taking the bull by the horns,” he said.

O'Halloran is inviting members of the public to join the crew on Sunday, November 12 on Hill St in front of Funhouse Studio in Bega between 7am and 2pm to take part as extras.