'Devils Vice' TV Premiere set for tomorrow night

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 

'Devils Vice' a film which  explores the control, manipulation and complexities surrounding domestic abuse from a totally different angle is set to its get TV Premiere tomorrow night.

The film, funded by Gwent Independent Film Trust GIFT (made up of Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Gwent Police and the University of South East Wales) and a number of UK police forces, has been made by BAFTA winning film maker Peter Watkins Hughes from Brynmawr, and is scheduled to be broadcast at 11:05pm on BBC1 Wales.
The story follows a young middle class couple, a pregnant woman and her husband living in rural Monmouthshire. The characters are played by Welsh actors Gareth Jewell and Sara Lloyd Gregory. The young woman becomes convinced that her home is haunted by an evil entity that is determined to hurt her but the reality is even more chilling.

As well as being broadcast on television the film has been sent to every UK Force for them to show when engaging with certain audiences.

Avon and Somerset Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe in her capacity as the National Policing lead for Domestic Abuse commented: "There are many people living with domestic abuse at the hands of their partners who diminish their confidence and isolate them from their friends and family.  We know that there is huge under reporting of domestic abuse incidents to the police and the film "Devil's Vice"  innovatively raises awareness of the issues through use of drama. 

"I want anyone suffering from domestic abuse to know that they are not alone, that domestic abuse is not their fault, and that there is help, support and advice available to them.  This film will enable us to get important messages to families and friends in all  communities, raising awareness of domestic abuse and encouraging people to ask for further information whether for themselves, their friends, relatives or colleagues.  The message to  those who commit domestic abuse is clear, there is no excuse for their behaviour and we will thoroughly investigate any allegations of domestic violence and abuse."

Highlighting the important role the film can play in raising awareness and educating people about the real horror of domestic violence, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: "Any resource that can help save the life of a victim or prevent them from serious harm is welcome. Whether it's male or female victims of domestic abuse, this film can provide people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it's too late. Projects such as this one can play a vital role in ensuring that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship."

He added: "Protecting victims of crime and improving the way services are delivered to them is at the heart of everything we do and resources like this film play an important role in encouraging those potentially suffering abuse to report it to the Police."

A thriller exploring domestic abuse is to have World Premiere.

published: Thursday 6th February 2014

'The Devil's Vice', funded by GIFT (Gwent Independent Film Trust), Gwent Police and a number of UK police forces, has been made by BAFTA winning film maker Peter Watkins Hughes from Brynmawr.

Following the story of a young middle class couple, a pregnant woman and her husband living in rural Monmouthshire, the film explores the control, manipulation and complexities surrounding domestic abuse from a totally different angle.

"We were looking for a new way of reaching a new generation," said Gwent Police Deputy Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley, who will host the premiere.

"This format means young people will see the real horror of domestic violence in a new context."

The force is one of four UK pilot areas for the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme ( known as Clare's Law) This  allows people to request access to a partner's criminal record. This scheme will be rolled out to every  part of  the UK from March 8th, 2014.

We will be  offering the film to every UK force and to community groups, together with a website which will offer advice and information.

The film will be premiered at the Market Hall cinema in Brynmawr on Thursday 13th February at 7pm.   It stars young Welsh actors Gareth Jewell and Sara Lloyd Gregory.

"The Devil's Vice is a very important film to show because domestic abuse can take many guises; it can be mental as well as physical and is dangerous in every way. I believe that everyone has the right to know who they are dealing with when they enter a relationship, and that is reason enough for Clare's law, " said Sara, a BAFTA award winning actress.

ACC Louisa Rolfe, of Avon and Somerset Police, is the national policing business lead for domestic abuse.

"I'd like to applaud Gwent Police for having the courage to present the subject in a very different way, which will, I'm sure, help young men and women understand some of the issues behind domestic abuse, and encourage those suffering to report it to the police. We work with many other agencies to safeguard both women and men who report abuse," said Ms Rolfe.

"Our hope is that publicity around the film, and its unusual subject material, will alert people to their right to ask under the Domestic Violence  Disclosure Scheme, and will give  sufferers the courage to break out of abusive relationships." 

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