‘Silence is Golden’ in hard hitting premiere
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.
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.