BULLY FILM FACTS
WHY DID YOU MAKE THIS FILM?
I have always enjoyed working with kids and I think the schoolyard is a fascinating venue to explore human relations. In addition, bullying is an ongoing problem on many different levels in our society and warrants our concern. Whether it is children bullying one another on the schoolyard, bosses bullying their employees or entire countries bullying one another, humans seem to have an unyielding propensity to exert their power over those who are weak.

WHAT DO YOU WANT THE VIEWER TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS FILM?
The main point is that there is a bully in all of us and that abuses of power can happen at all different levels. It is up to each of us to keep ourselves in check. If we each try to put more energy into our pursuit of empathy and compassion for one another, rather than judgment and blame, we can attain greater understanding.

WHY IS THIS STORY SET IN THE 1980'S?
In addition to this story being loosely based on my own experiences as a child, it also reflects an era when children were free to be out in the world on their own. When I was growing up, we all rode our BMX bikes to school and then often just hung out afterwards looking for something fun to do. I guess there was a kind of lawlessness, a sort of wild-west feeling to it. There was more risk and danger, but at the same time more opportunity to learn on our own.

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