Film director hopeful Conor Butler produces work on domestic violence (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Film director hopeful Conor Butler produces work on domestic violence
An 18-year-old who has already produced music for Girls Aloud is following up with his own premiere at the Alhambra theatre – covering domestic violence.
Conor Butler, 18, eventually hopes to become a film director and he is making waves locally and nationally.
The former Bradford College student, who starts at Bradford College studying a HND in creative media production this month, said he wants to eventually direct feature films.
When the Alhambra premiere is over, the domestic violence video – titled Stuck in Chains – will be put on the big screen at City Park.
The video addresses the impact of domestic abuse from the point of view of young people, through rap music and film, and highlights where young people can find help.
It will be launched during Bradford’s Safeguarding Week on Monday, September 30, at 5.30pm.
The development comes after the Buttershaw teenager had to change career direction once a heart condition forced him to abandon professional rugby playing hopes.
The domestic violence music film, four minutes long, was filmed at various locations around Keighley and Shipley, and shows the consequences that domestic violence can have on victims and children. It was produced on a £600 budget and took just days to film.
Conor, who got into film directing after filming himself playing X-Box, said: “I got involved with this project through friends. This video is to raise awareness. People normally look at domestic violence and just skim the surface of it all, but what about the consequences?”
Nola O’Neill, Bradford Council youth worker, said: “We hope that this video and track will reach out to young people who are on the receiving end of an abusive relationship, or who are hurting someone they love, and encourage them to talk to someone they trust and seek help.”
The latest project comes just months after Conor, of Buttershaw, impressed Grammy-nominated director Paul Caslin, who was so impressed that he asked the teenager to film rapper Plan B in London, for which Conor will receive credits.