Performance clip featuring Bianca Te Rito for the New Zealand Women’s Refuge – “Domestic Violence Awareness” National advertising campaign.
Company: Women’s Refuge New Zealand
Actors: Bianca Te Rito, Ben Mitchell
Production: Saatchi & Saatchi & Flying Fish
Director: Rachel Davies
I loved performing and contributing to this meaningful film project. “Day after Day”. In this performance piece, I took a few for the team in order to get the necessary shots!
My chest took a beating (left with some bruising) due to multiple takes and body slams against the backing wall that I was thrown against. Thankfully the wall itself was a reinforced bounce-back board which took most of the impact. Not much could be done for the chest work though.
We did block and rehearse (with a stunt coordinator) a closed fist to the face (a pulled punch) that I had to time with a head whip action. My internal monologue? “Bianca face left, face left”. However, this punch to the face sequence was cut from the final production.
Although realistic, the New Zealand broadcast standard deemed it “too real” for TV advertising.
Rightfully filming this blocking element did upset the crew. It was one of the most “quiet” pin drop film-sets I have ever worked on! You could feel the tension in the air. This set was charged!
We (cast and crew) donated our time and talent with the filming of this campaign titled “Day after Day” which also won silver (New York Festival).
“Harrowing, visually arresting, beautifully done and gut-wrenchingly effective”
–– People’s Choice Award, AUT Ad Creativity.
“Day after Day” – depicts how the physical and emotional abuse of women by their partners is a private outrage carried out behind the closed doors of even the most respectable homes” –Onfilm.
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