From a young age, girls are taught not to stray from the path.
Stray is a short film about the harassment faced by women and the way society has reacted to their stories. Kelly opens up to her two friends about a recent workplace incident, only to learn that they too have experienced harassment in other contexts. The three women share their stories with each other and discuss the consequences of Kelly’s decision. Each story is shown in a flashback format and stylised to mimic cautionary tales such as Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard.
I want to tell this story to highlight the flaws in our society. Most people know that women constantly experience harassment, yet for some reason the conversation around how to protect them always falls to the victim’s responsibility.
From a young age, girls are taught not to “stray from the path”. Growing up, I frequently found it unfair that my brothers were allowed to do things that I was never permitted to do. I couldn’t understand why they were allowed to sleep over at friend’s houses and go to skate parks and shopping centres without adult supervision. I was told that it was just “the way the world works” and although it was unfair, there was nothing I could do about it.
I want to tell a story that presents these issues as they are; uncomfortable and confronting. Using incidents that I have experienced personally or heard from friends, I want to portray the long lasting effect sexual harassment and our response to it can have.
-Olivia Staffieri, Writer/Director/Producer
Director of Photography
1st Assistant Camera
Production Assistant/ Continuity
Sound Operator and mixer
Hair and Makeup Artist/
Art department/Prop Master
SFX Makeup Artist
Jenny Pham Vo