Wow, where do I begin with this film?!
It was created in 2015, directed by Amy S.Weber.
The Film stars Hunter King (Avery Keller), Lexi Ainsworth (Jessica Burns) and Jimmy Bennet (Brian Slater). The Interviewer in the film who is speaking in the ‘Documentary’ is Amy S.Weber herself.
It was incredibly powerful and I think everyone should take time out of their day to watch it.
Here is the description of it on IMDB:
“Jessica Burns enlists the help of her best friend, Brian, in order to document the relentless harassment she’s received from her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School’s most popular students.”
This film is set as a documentary with a mixture of interviews, video blogs and first-person footage.
As I write this I have just finished watching this for the first time and I am still trying to gather words about it; it was just so moving.
I will say now that this film can be quite Triggering to those who have been bullied or/and have mental health issues.
I say this because in the first five-ten minutes, Jessica (the protagonist) tries to kill herself.
For the whole hour and forty or so minutes that this film goes on for, I was staring at the screen in intrigue.
I really felt for the characters and their stories. I routed for Jessica and cried for her. I even cried for Avery at some points because it was stressful how she just didn’t understand. I felt so sorry and horrible for Jessica’s friend Brian, her parents and younger sister.
Yes, this story is fictional, but that does not mean that these things do no exist.
BULLYING IS REAL.
SUICIDE IS REAL.
MENTAL HEALTH IS REAL.
This film was an eyeopener on so many levels, showing the point of view of not only the victim, but also the bully herself. It also showed the point of view of the headmaster and his views on such a thing happening in his school. It also showed brief opinions from the teachers.
I, myself, have very strong views against bullying and harassment, so it shocks me when realising that so many people think that what they are doing is a “joke“, when it is actually bullying and having a strong negative affect on the other person, and hurting them deeply.
If this film was shown at schools as a “Bullying Awareness Day” activity, then I think it could open quite a few minds.
And I don’t mean that students watch it for the half an hour to an hour that they have for a lesson, but actually sit down in a hall and watch the whole thing on a projector, and then go into classrooms after to discuss it so it gets into children’s minds that “THIS IS REAL!”
The way this film is laid out is very clever and interesting – I’m not sure I’m just saying that because the subject fascinates me or not, but that’s what I believe anyway.
This film is available to watch on Netflix, Amazon Video, to rent on YouTube, or you could buy the DVD from Amazon or your local Film Shop. There is no way someone can use an excuse to not watch this. There is no way.
Check it out for yourself.
I highly recommend!
Yes, I went there!