How do you translate a complex and turbulent inner state into a visual medium like film, animation or virtual reality? Mental abuse is a widespread but often hidden phenomenon that is extremely difficult to articulate. But it is a challenge the Mental Abuse Matters project (MAM) embraces, aiming to raise awareness by telling stories through animation and virtual reality. In attempting to capture the visceral experience of an abusive relationship, these films can foster understanding and empathy and hopefully prevent further abuse.
Director Lucy Baxter decided to make a short animated film based on anonymous first-person testimony as the charity’s first creative piece. When dealing with these stories confidentiality and protection are key, and animation allows for anonymity. Lucy was also interested in exploring questions of format, representation – of victims and perpetrators – and emotional reaction in the viewer.
The resulting animation vividly represents the internal experience of mental abuse. The anonymous contributor said she felt it was “an empowering experience that honoured her words."
Read Lucy Baxter's in-depth article about the film here: https://theconversation.com/how-i-use-film-animation-and-vr-to-capture-the-experience-of-mental-abuse-139911
Find out more about the Mental Abuse Matters project here: https://www.mentalabusematters.com/
Dir: Lucy Baxter | 2020 | UK | 4 mins