I worked with Tyke Films in their production of My Blonde GF, a film about a survivor of non-consensual Deepfake pornography, a relatively newer form of Image Based Abuse, where someone superimposes one person’s likeness, by synthesising existing media and digitally manipulating them, with that of another.
I was contacted by the production team to come on board and provide mental health and research expertise from a psychological perspective. I had natural apprehension about being involved in something outside of my comfort zone and not knowing how my advice was going to be received or whether it would be taken on board. For me this was the first time that I was involved in a project as deeply, where I was able to highlight and give feedback on areas of concern.
Although the survivor in this case had consented in the process and was involved from the inception of the project, I was able to feedback to the team (who were really receptive and welcoming from the beginning and throughout) about some areas of concern that perhaps had not been considered from my lens of safeguarding for all individuals involved the project who could or could not give consent.
My experience has been wholly positive throughout, I felt that the producers and director were invested in being in direct and constant consultation with the survivor.
I was consulted with and listened to and I had the pleasure and luck to collaborate with a team that was truly interested in portraying the subject matter in a realistic but sensitive light, which resulted in what I felt was a truly powerful film about the long-lasting and varied effects of such online crimes on people.