HEART-WRENCHING stories in a documentary about one woman’s journey through western NSW to help stop violence against women has rocked the Hunter to its core.
The audience at Newcastle Museum held its breath as the film, called Iceberg, followed Kirrily Dear’s 860-kilometre run from Walgett to Forbes last year and captured some of the violent episodes women and children in country towns endure.
The impact the ultra-marathon runner from the Central Coast makes through her journey is infectious. It compels you to have the tough conversations with friends, family and co-workers to see if they have suffered, or are suffering, domestic violence.
It also commands you to join those trying to make a difference and stand up to the unlawful behaviour.
‘‘The question we have is how do we get women out of this situation and how do we get the perpetrators to stop,’’ producer and cameraman Owen Burns, of THIRTY3SOUTH Films, said.
‘‘The more we scratch the more we find that everybody is affected by domestic violence.’’