Film about consent directed by Wolverhampton students to be screened

A student film exploring the issue of consent is being screened next month.

Alex Hackett, of Wolverhampton, who was the director on a film called Consent
Alex Hackett, of Wolverhampton, who was the director on a film called Consent

The film, created by a group of University of Wolverhampton students is called 'Consent' and will be shown on August 1 at the university's art MK building.

The film took months put together but only two days to shoot.

The film is the students' submission to Sheffield Hallam University and could bag the students a place on the film-making Masters course from September. They will also be looking to submit their work to national film festivals including ones in Birmingham and Coventry.

Alex Hackett directed, shot and wrote it, Leigh-Ann Hiley was assistant director and editor, whilst Timothy Wilkes was the sound technician and Richard Barnes wrote the musical score.

Alex, 23, of Willenhall Road, said: "We wanted to create film that explore the issues surrounding that consent. It's not just a black and white issue.

"We did a lot of research into it. When we auditioned the actresses we realised how widespread the issue is - everyone has had an experience that has made them question the nature of consent and what it means."

The film follows a couple that after having slept together, the woman says "I think you raped me". The couple then re-trace the scenario they have just been through to examine how the woman felt she couldn't say no.

Alex added: "I think it's important that people feel like they are able to talk about it and not feel awkward or embarrassed.

"Anything that isn't an outright yes is not consent.

"Feminist theory shows how traditionally men chase sex and women withhold it with men taught to be more persuasive. This should not be the case."

The film screening will be followed by a poetry reading based on the same theme.

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