Rape scenes never make comfortable viewing and it is not surprising that social media came alive over the violence in Game of Thrones’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”. So it is good to see that one film company is taking a fresh approach to the subject. In their upcoming film Captured, indie producer Triventure Films Ltd, is set to tackle the subject differently.
The film has an interesting plot. It tells the story of a C-list celebrity Mimi Wyatt, who’s kidnapped. When she’s released, she goes to the authorities claiming she’s been sexually assaulted, but when the police question the man she accuses, they wonder whether she’s after justice or just another front-page story. The reason for their doubting her story is because the celebrity is only famous for her past indiscretions. (She shot to fame in a leaked sex tape with a sports star).
So the film is about the issues that come to the surface when a woman makes a complaint about sexual abuse. Brooke and Rhys Williams who set up Triventure are hoping to avoid the usual gratuitous acts of violence which are cropping up more and more on screen.
Says Brooke, “The film will never show the female lead get attacked; we have to take her word for it, as is the case for most real victims.”
The film has an interesting take on the female psyche and touches on the taboo around what does and what does not constitute a crime. The kidnapper never hits his victim. He controls her through intimidation and mind games. A theme which is relevant to many of today’s grooming cases.
The film is being shot in New York, to be released in the Spring of 2016 and is expected to get a strong reaction one way or another from the feminist lobby.
Rape is one of the most controversial of crimes, but sadly one that is widespread. in England and Wales alone, 85,000 women per year – equivalent to 233 per day – are raped and well over 400,000 are sexually assaulted; one in five women in England and Wales has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.