Netflix – A Conversation About Sexual Assault

Client: Netflix
Website: netflix.com
Services: Full service production
Director Lucy Brydon

Netflix’s hit show Sex Education tackles the real-life issue of sexual harassment on public transport. One of the show’s storylines sees the character of Aimee assaulted on her way to school.

Netflix partnered with Bear Jam to produce this exclusive short film, where Aimee Lou Wood and Patricia Allison, who play Aimee and Ola, are joined by the show creator Laurie Nunn and Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates to talk about the powerful sexual assault storyline from season two. Directed by Lucy Brydon and shot and recorded by all-female camera and sound crews, we hear from each of them about their own experiences and why talking publicly about the issues raised is so important as we move to end the violence.

Production Design and Cinematography
Visual links to Sex Education were a key element, we used a warm colour palette with a hint of a retro vibe and shot on a bus used in the show. The bus was parked outside to add depth to the environment and promote intimacy between the speakers. Lucy was keen to avoid it feeling like a standard ‘set-up’ studio environment. In keeping with the naturalistic style of the piece, we opted for a multi-camera set-up so that repetition for the participants was minimised and the conversation could flow. Utilising the unusual location of a bus interior, we positioned the cameras in different locations to capture individuals but also keep a sense of intimacy and trust for the group. Essentially, Lucy wanted to be a ‘fly on the wall’ to some real girl talk. To further ensure the intimacy and honesty wasn’t compromised the film was shot by all-female camera operators and audio recorded by an all-female sound crew.

 

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