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12 November 2019

Attendance for All

by Syd Briscoe

Freedom4Girls: “Absent” - 4 mins 42s

UK charity Freedom4Girls draw attention to the increasingly prevalent issue of period poverty in this hard-hitting short film. While campaigns towards menstrual equality in the developing world have increased awareness of the issue overseas, the organisation turns their focus closer to home here - to a land of hope and glory food banks and toilet paper pads.

The depressing fact that many households can't afford to put hygiene products on their priority list is thrown into sharp relief by the emotional distress of one teenage girl. Her turmoil is well drawn, a complex and affecting performance despite her barely speaking a word.

From the compassion of strangers who are familiar with what such crushing poverty looks like to the inter-generational nature of the struggle, this is a nuanced and highly emotive piece of work. From struggling food banks to students missing school through shame, this film offers a mirror via which Britain needs to take a good, hard look at itself.

Film Production: Dog Eat Dog Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Libby Burke Wilde ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (Archer's Mark Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Harvey Ascott
Production M'ger: Gaby Codardo
Executive Producer: Mark O'Sullivan
Cinematographer: Molly Manning Walker ♀
Art Department: Janna Bartlett
Editor: Sarah Peczek
Post Production: UNIT Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Jax Harney ♀ @ Cheat
Written By: Lucy MacCarthy

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