The representation of mental abuse in animated film: does the distance afforded by animated characters and scenarios allow for more relatable creative work?

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Abstract

Mental abuse is a widespread phenomenon that is extremely difficult to articulate, and challenging to depict on film. The Mental Abuse Matters project aims to raise awareness about mental abuse, by telling stories through the mediums of animation and Virtual Reality – attempting to capture the visceral experience of an abusive relationship to enable understanding, empathy and prevention. This article aims to discuss the development, creative process and reception of the first part of this project, a 5 minute animation, explaining how the methodology of creative practice addresses three specific research questions: Does the distance afforded by an animated character and scenario allow for a more relatable creative work, as compared to live action using actors? Does an emotionally abusive relationship have common patterns that victims and perpetrators watching might recognise, and could this influence their own awareness and behaviour?
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnimation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Publication statusSubmitted - 03 Apr 2020

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