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The Dangerous Dance feature documentary

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  • Target Groups:

    Business Professionals


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    Donations via Documentary Australia foundation means they are 100% tax deductible. Donations page is at

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Channel 7, Ohh! Media, News Ltd

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jan 2016
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 01 Jan 2019
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • The Dangerous Dance documentary asks 'How do outdated ideas of masculinity harm both men and women?'. It's about domestic abuse and violence, focusing on causes, early warning signs, and the changes necessary for meaningful reduction of this destructive behaviour.

    Abusive behaviour spreads from generation to generation, damaging both family relationships in the home, professional relationships in the workplace and Australian culture as a whole.

    We are offering you the opportunity to take part in an initiative that will support further examination, awareness and cultural change around this complex and challenging issue.
  • Project Description:
  • The aim of The Dangerous Dance is to engage both women and men in a difficult conversation around the causes of domestic violence. Many men believe it’s not their problem because they don’t abuse, overlooking their status as bystanders and their participation in the continuation of rigid definitions of what a real man is.

    We will examine conflicting and divisive points of view on a number of related issues, including nature vs culture, real man vs good man, traditional vs progressive and how these are reflected in the abusive behaviour within families that too often ends in violence.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • By examining the issue in depth we hope to get beyond the often bitter cultural divisions that underlie and block progress towards resolving this complex issue.

    We hope to show how the strengths of traditional masculinity can be combined with a softer, more vulnerable concern for wives, daughters, female friends, co-workers and self to produce a better and more sustainable culture that consigns domestic abuse and violence to history and, in doing so, benefits both women and men.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • The Dangerous Dance will look at the short comings of the family court which currently creates ongoing fear and intimidation for women and children. The people operating in the courts need to have mandatory training in recognising and dealing with domestic violence, and pro bono lawyers must be provided to prevent abusers cross- examining their victims, which is so very wrong.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • The Dangerous Dance will empower women by discussing the signs and behaviours to look out for in potential abusive partners. This will help some women avoid the pitfalls, and or leave abusive relationships earlier, before more damage is done. Ultimately, through culture change, domestic violence incidence will be reduced.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • Given the current media focus on domestic violence, we will be running a PR campaign, starting in early July, to promote both the documentary and the gala dinner on 10 August, with keynote speaker David Morrison, Australian of the Year 2016. David Morrison has also endorsed the importance of making this documentary and has thrown himself behind it. High profile guests are expected to be at the gala dinner, so there should be significant media coverage of the event, as well as coverage in the lead up to the event.

    Tickets can be purchased for the 10 August event at:
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • The documentary will be entered into both international and domestic film festivals, with the chance of winning awards and gaining widespread recognition. It will be screened in cinemas and on TV.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Claire Stretch

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  • Phone:

    0416 276 238