National Centre for Domestic Violence and Victim Support: #breaktheroutine by J. Walter Thompson London & Biscuit Filmworks

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With figures showing that, on average, high-risk victims live with domestic abuse for over two years before getting specialist support, a new online film based on a disturbingly captivating and physically intense dance. Choreographed by Sidi Cherkaoui and backed by a haunting music track by Ellie Goulding the film lets victims of domestic abuse know that help and support is available to #breaktheroutine.

Through the disturbingly captivating choreography of Sidi Cherkaoui and heady music by Ellie Goulding, it takes on the difficult task of raising awareness and creating emotions among an audience immune to hard facts and images.

The film shows the hardships of an abusive relationship through dance. Showing how trapped the woman is – how she feels there is no escape. The dancers, real-life couple Jennifer White and Jason Kittelberger, mimic the savage physicality of domestic abuse in a bare house. As the film ends the man is finally stopped by an invisible barrier and although it is not the end of her struggle, the woman knows she is safe.


Executive Creative Director: Russell Ramsey

Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Soundtrack: Ellie Goulding

Director of Production: Noam Murro

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