Top Spot of the Week: RSA's Paul Andrew Williams Directs "Do You See Her" For Women’s Aid
This two-minute film for U.K. charity Women’s Aid is poignant and powerful, conveying the fear that a woman experiences in an abusive relationship. Viewers not only feel this palpable fear but also see that domestic abuse can extend to older women, in this case a grandmother portrayed by actress Tessa Peake-Jones whose abuser husband is chillingly played by Phil Davis. Supporting cast includes their adult daughter (portrayed by Ann-Marie Duff) and their grandchildren (Maddie Bates, James Bates).
Vignettes of seemingly sweet family life featuring the different generations are juxtaposed with violent outbursts by Davis against Peake-Jones. Davis is out of control, physically and psychologically abusing his wife, then expressing his regret and apologizing to her for his behavior. It’s a vicious cycle, the sadness of which is even evident in quiet moments when Peake-Jones is alone as we feel her utter isolation.
Paul Andrew Williams of RSA Films directed this public service piece titled “Do You See Her,” developing it in conjunction with Women’s Aid.
Client Women’s Aid Production RSA Films Paul Andrew Williams, director; Caspar Delaney, producer; Laura Duffy, production manager; Becky Bishop, production assistant; Barry Peters, location manager; Sam Powell, 1st AD; Nick Forrester, 2nd AD. Charlie Duffy, hair & makeup; Agnieszka Debska, production design; Zelda Sellars, wardrobe; Steen Young, stunt coordinator. Online Framestore Helen Hughes Editorial James Taylor, editor. Audio Pasha Shilov, sound recordist. Performers Tessa Peake-Jones, Phil Davis, Ann-Marie Duff, Maddie Bates, James Bates.