Timekeeper is a film focussing on the child’s perspective of coercive control. The film was commissioned by Lewisham Council, principally to raise awareness among its workforce, but also the wider community.
The narrative for the film is based on interviews with women, who have a lived experience of domestic abuse and professionals working in the area. The research threw up some truly tragic and shocking cases, highlighting domestic abuse as society’s hidden shame. Children often witness the abuse and in some cases are drawn into it by the perpetrator.
Screened at the Domestic Abuse Commissioners Festival of Practice to an audience of 500 in March 2023. The conference was attended by Jess Phillips MP and former Prime Minister, Theresa May. Since the screening Norfolk PCC are reviewing how they can better support child victims/survivors of abuse.
The film was screened at the British Film Institute in September, 2023. On the panel was Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner and the Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Eleanor Lyons.
The film is currently been viewed by all call handlers at the NSPCC.
13,000 views on youtube.
Timekeeper was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTA and BIFA qualifying Norwich Film Festival.
The film is currently being used by as part of a campaign for the American charity, Finding Our Voices, to change to laws on coercive control in Maine, USA.