Tackling the important subject of bullying and how it affects those who are exposed to it, we review the short educational film “My Life as a Bully”.
Bullying has always been around, especially in schools. Children can be picked on by others for their ethnicity, the colour of their hair, what possessions they own (or don’t own) or for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. News reports are popping up on a regular basis in regards to children taking their own lives due to being victims of bullies. It’s a problem that needs to be tackled and eradicated.
Firehorse Productions have created a forty minute film to help educate children around the world on bullying and shows how each person who witnesses the act can help stop it. It’s a very serious subject but director Denise Francis, who also wrote the script, wisely injects some comedy into the film too, in order to keep the attention of those whom the film is aimed at – which is children aged 7 to 13.
Shot in the style of a mockumentary (think The Office), My Life as a Bully takes place in a secondary school in Port Talbot, with the Head Teacher (Peter Morgan Barnes) allowing a camera crew to shoot the goings on in the classrooms and playgrounds. We soon get to meet Bulldog (Paul Britton) and his gang of fellow bullies, who think nothing of taking money and electronic devices from younger children. They turn their attention to Booker (Kate Spencer), a smart student who decides that enough is enough and looks for a way to stop the bullying epidemic completely, with the help of a new library assistant (Richard Compton) and a mysterious book on bullying by an author going by the name of I. Dexham.
The book changes Booker’s life and soon the lives of all the children who attend the same school, including Bulldog and his gang.
My Life as a Bully looks and plays out as a very professional production. It is shot nicely and the audio is crisp throughout. Additional points are also earned for using the awe-inspiring track “The Way” by Zack Hemsey to help drive home the emotional scenes.
Denise Francis, along with producer Christine Evans and assistant producer Matthew Wren Andrew have created an excellent short film with an important message. A film that should be shown in schools around the world and who knows, it could be a catalyst for change.
Let’s hope so.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of My Life as a Bully, please visit this website here.