Actress Aaliyah Paul had a busy weekend performing double duty in two films. She had scenes she filmed for both Summer of Discovery and her last scene for the short film Malicious Attack about Bullying. Paul scene for Malicious took place at the Elgin County Court House where she was playing the role of the reporter fro the film giving the update on happening’s within the film dealing with one of the characters who is facing criminal charges for bullying and hurting other students during a fight on school grounds. Paul’s lines will be the base of the scene which footage filmed previously at the court house of other characters exiting after the court case will go over top. giving a news story feel.
Malicious Attack principle filming is coming to an end as the film has just a couple scenes left before heading towards post production. The film’s writer and director Matthew Marshall did say some short little add on scenes have been added to the schedule to try and fill out the story line and tie some lose ends up.
The dramatic short film is directed by Marshall, an award winning director. The film is produced under the banner of m & s Marshall Productions, in association with IME Films.
Marshall says the film takes a twist on the traditional bully story line as at its heart it is a ‘good girl gone bad’ due to being bullied. The bully of the story Savannah (Elina Lattanzio) not only bullies “the Good Girl” Naomi but also the “outcast” Raven, the “Pregnant Teen”, Sara and the “immigrant” in Linda. Each of these characters has a different reaction and response to the bullying they experience. Naomi becomes the relentless target of the bullying by Savannah while Naomi’s best friend Macey tries to find ways to help Naomi expose the bullying, but Naomi is unwilling to come forward. The Attacks on Naomi continue till she is pushed to a breaking point.
Marshall offers this on the topic of bullying in the film, “I think we all have seen bullying in some form or another regardless of our ages. Everyone knows someone who has been bullied. It happens every day and it affects everyone. This story gives lots of opportunity to discuss the issue of bullying and the reactions of those that are bullied” says Marshall.
It is Marshall’s hope as well as the hope of the entire cast and crew that the film will teach audiences why bully awareness does not only refer to awareness in the public eye. “ Bullying awareness means awareness of specific incidents to authority figures, awareness of bystanders in their role and awareness of the bullies themselves of the potential gravity of their actions”, says Lattanzio
The cast includes; Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Elina Lattanzio, Marley Cabral, Helena Rose, Mary Ellen Herder, Corina Leatherdale, Aaliyah Paul, Judy Cormier, Dina Jasim, Max Steinberg, Elizabeth Harden, Tiandra Edwards, Ian James Smith, April Booth, Kayla Hope Felker, Lesley Chapman, Jamie Rainbird, Serena Webber, Brooklyn Pritchard, Kailey Dennis, Mallaidh Pouti, Melissa Ramos, Jerry Ziler, Kyra Ramos, Kendal Cabral, Rob Herder, Tracey Bell, Emma Lee Willsie and Talitha Wood
Marshall hopes when the film is done is to get it into schools and teen groups to help open up discussion and dialogue about the issue of bullying.
The film can be found on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6156436/combined
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