Region: Coledale, Wollongong NSW
Unclassified: 15+ (Adult Themes, Moderate Language) Audience members under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Violet’s life crashes down when she is dumped by her boyfriend and her parents contemplate divorce. Violet realises she has never known love at all and it affects her personal relationships, but through her friendship with Hunter Thorn, who is dealing with similar issues, she begins her road to recovery. Together, they depict different perspectives of broken families and exhibit the healing power of love, as they learn to accept the love they deserve.
Director Holly Trenaman is an emerging writer, director and producer. Born and raised in a small coastal town in Wollongong, she started writing stories from a young age, and decided to pursue a career in screen storytelling. Holly has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Art: Screen Production at The Australian, Film, Television and Radio School and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at The University of Technology, Sydney. Her goal is to showcase imperfect women, to alleviate standards of perfection of women.
“With Dating Violet, I wanted to investigate how parental abuse that a child witnesses, affects that child’s relationships in the future. The film puts you in the shoes of Violet, lost in life and love, suffering growing up and broken relationships. I wanted to draw a strong parallel between the freedom of the outdoors, and the constriction of home, true of teenage-hood. It is inspired by the town in which I grew up, showcasing coastal lifestyles and a unique perspective on surf culture. This film demonstrates the healing power of friendship and the surf as an escape for your mental health.”