‘Si­lence is Golden’ in hard hit­ting pre­miere

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

A PROJECT which set out to high­light the hor­rors and re­al­i­ties of do­mes­tic abuse against both men and women has achieved its aim, say the creators be­hind the ‘Si­lence is Golden’ film.

The short film, which was the brain child of Kerry women Selina Switzer, Re­becca Kemp, Miriam Mo­ri­arty Owens and Mary Tuohy, de­picts four drama­ti­sa­tions of real life do­mes­tic abuse events; the movie had its pre­miere in Bal­ly­roe Heights Ho­tel on Fri­day along­side a ‘Lipp Sing’ fundrais­ing bat­tle.

Be­fore the start of the pre­miere, the night opened with a mov­ing group per­for­mance where can­dles were held up to hon­our all the vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse and the words ‘Si­lence is Golden’ was spelled out through let­ters held up by the dancers.

“I was cry­ing watch­ing the film and I think there was def­i­nitely a few oth­ers that had tears in their eyes too. It was a re­ally pow­er­ful mo­ment for ev­ery­one,” said Miriam, speak­ing to The Ker­ry­man on Mon­day.

“Peo­ple were just blown away by the film. Our em­cee for the night was Brian Hur­ley and after the film, he turned to me and just said that it was an out­stand­ing piece,” Miriam con­tin­ued.

“Our mes­sage with this film was sim­ple. We wanted to break the taboo about domesyic vi­o­lence and to let peo­ple out there who may be suf­fer­ing abuse at present - this is not nor­mal and they don’t have to be ashamed of it or ac­cept it,” she fin­ished.

‘Si­lence is Golden’ will be now be put for­wards for en­try into a num­ber of film fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing Kerry.

ABOVE: LEFT:

The Kerry brains brains be­hind the ‘Si­lence is Golden’ do­mes­tic abuse aware­ness film, Selina Switzer, Re­becca Kemp, Miriam Mo­ri­arty Owens and Mary Tuohy, pic­tured at the films pre­miere on Fri­day night. Mar­ian Moss O’Dowd, Bri­die Court­ney, Ciara Doogan...

Tr­ish Kelly, Phil Kelly, Kris Maloney and Marie Fer­ris at the ‘Si­lence is Golden’ film pre­miere and Lippy Sing on Fri­day night.

Kathleen Kelly (Bally­bunion), Jonie Kelly (Kil­lar­ney) and Bernie Oster­loh pic­tured at Bal­ly­roe Heights Ho­tel on Fri­day night.

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