A Sundance and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Hirsch will visit both Sydney (August 6-7) and Melbourne (August 8-9) after appearing at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland and Wellington.
The documentary Bully looks at how bullying impacted the lives of five school children across America, revealing a deeper problem with bullying in the school system that goes beyond racial, social and religious intolerance. The film looks at how the acts impact the kids, their families and the people around them.
Hirsch feels strongly about the subject matter in his film. “I was bullied throughout middle school and much of my childhood. In many ways, those experiences and struggles helped shape my world view and the types of films I’ve endeavoured to make….Moving away from the silence, shame and attitude of “kids will be kids,” I intend that this film not only reach those who have been the victims of bullying, but more importantly, those who still need an ‘empathy push’”.
Feature photo credit: Famezine