Local film to shine spotlight on domestic violence
Locations across the Lockyer Valley have been transformed this week into movie sets as shooting of a local short film about domestic violence gets underway.
The film ‘Seven Times’ tells the true story of Monica Sanguigno who left her violent partner, and portrays the hurdles involved in leaving a domestic violence situation.
Monica’s story is portrayed in the film as Sonia Romano (played by Anna McMahon), who was subjected to domestic violence abuse from her husband Dom (played by Daniel James).
The audience are taken on a journey from when Sonia leaves drug-fuelled violence with her two daughters in the hope of starting a new life.
Monica said the story is “hard hitting” and powerful as it hopes to change people’s perception of domestic violence and the culture around it.
The film is also being made with the intent to spread awareness of domestic violence and the impacts on women remaining in a domestic violence situation.
Statistically, it takes seven times for a woman to leave a domestic violence situation, hence the film’s name ‘Seven Times’.
Monica’s own daughter, Sabrina Sanguigno plays herself in the film as Bianca Romano.
The Gatton Star joined the cast and crew on set in Minden where various scenes were played out.
The project is funded by donations, local business and sponsors.
Many of the crew are film students volunteering their time.
The film is set to be released in June.
Daniel James - playing Dominic Romano
Anna McMahon - playing Sonia Romano
Sabrina Sanguigno - playing Bianca Romano
Remidee Hayes - playing Bella Romano
Robert Wainright - playing Constance Daniels
Jeff Campbell - Police Officer
Michelle Brass - Office Lady
Heather Madden - Teacher/Voice Over Artist
Foggy Lookout Retreat
Rooms Motel Gatton
Bella Paella Catering
Panchos Mexican Restaurant
The Tshirt Mill
Glamour Nails and Spa Robina Town Centre
Mobile Mobility Aid
Venes Water Supply
Harness Master Wiring Systems
Executive Producer - Monica Sanguigno
Co-Producer - Daniel James
PA to Executive Producer - Lita Cathcart
Script Writer - Mara Kemara
Director/Editor - Ashlee Jensen
Director of Photography - Andrew Conder
Camera Operator - Col Larson
1st Assistant Camera - Chase Brockett
2nd Assistant Camera - Aradia Phillips-Anderton
1st Assistant Director - Sierra Sweeny
2nd Assistant Director - Aanika Fedeles
Script Supervisor/Continuity - Jacinta Taylor
Production Assistant - Karmen Chan
Production Assistant - Sam Keys
Set Designer/Props - Olivia Lawson
Wardrobe Department Head of Department - Kerri Millin
Wardrobe Department Assistant - Madeleine Woods
Makeup Artist/Special Effects Makeup/Hair - Katie Whitmore-McNamara
Makeup/Hair Assistant - Natalia Sanguigno
Gaffer - Tina Eastley
Grip - Rebecca Leong
Sound Mixer - TJ Nicholas
Soundie - Ryan Kitzelmann
Sound Runner - Jayden Thompson
Social Media Manager/Editor - Jessica Heath
Behind The Scenes Photography - Peter Cabral, Jean-Baptiste Canac, Bianca Valentine, Carrie McLeod
First Aid Officer - Jeff Campbell
Donations and more information can be found HERE.
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