My film about domestic abuse premiered to an audience of ex-offenders in Ballysally on Wednesday 4th December. Below is some feedback from attendees:
‘That was hard to watch. It stirs up loads of emotions in me. There are definitely people in violent relationships who will at least stop and think when they see this. I will definitely be sharing it.’
‘I recognise myself in that film. I was that guy – I remember being up in my bedroom after I kicked my partner wondering "what have I just done? I need help."’
‘The film is really hard-hitting. I wish I’d seen this film before I hit my partner. It would probably have stopped me.’
‘When this goes viral it will be massive. It’s really powerful. The images on screen are powerful but what is really powerful are the words on screen.'
'No one who sees this film, victim or perpetrator, male or female, young or old, will not be left challenged by having watched it.'
'The film get it's message across in a really powerful way. I will definitely be sharing it on social media.'
'Wow, it seems strange to say that 'Crazy Love' is a good film given the subject matter - but it deals with a terrible subject in such a positive way that good will come of it. The words on the screen are what people need to take from this film.'
'I have been a victim of domestic abuse. If I had seen this film back then I would have gotten help earlier than I did.'
Lynda Gould from The Link Family and Community Centre commented:
'Crazy Love is an uncomfortable watch - realistically presenting on screen and in public view what the reality is of domestic violence for many behind closed doors in private. What is so encouraging about this film is that it does so in a way that highlights that there is help, and ultimately hope, for victim and perpetrator alike.'
I attended the Northern Ireland launch of Fixers and was interviewed on the day by aspiring journalists from a group called 'Headliners' about my project.
It was great to go to the launch in Northern Ireland because the work of Fixers is very important. Instead of people being in an office trying to work out how to solve a problem that they are detached from, Fixers gets young people who have experienced something or have a passion for a subject involved in trying to find a solution. Fixers gives young people a platform that they would never get on their own.
26th February 2013
I met with a variety of Fixers, celebrities, and politicians at Westminster to celebrate the official UK-wide launch of Fixers.
I have to compliment Fixers as a whole and say that I could not have been looked after any better at Westminster. Fixers are not dealing with hypothetical situations, but are dealing with real people, with real stories, and real passion to make a difference.
I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to travel to Westminster and be part of the day.