Jye Currie has always been a man on a mission.
In 2018, he travelled to the most impoverished and dangerous parts of Africa to capture the living conditions there.
Now, in a new short film, he’s shining a light on the plight of those who live through domestic violence.
“During COVID I was reading that the rates of domestic violence had escalated, and I thought now would be the best time to portray my message,” Currie said.
His film, Victim, tells the story of a mother who is a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband and her son’s plight to save her.
But, when her son goes missing, the story takes a tragic turn.
“It was originally going to be on alcoholism but the script kept evolving and, slowly without knowing it, touched more on domestic violence,” he said.
“You can raise awareness on any social issue through a fictional film.
“I wanted to show a raw insight into what a house experiencing domestic violence looks like – people have heard the term but don’t know how harsh it is, so this film is giving an insight into that.”
Shot in Newcastle, the film showcases the town, while also using local actors and crew members.
“I have done a lot of travel, I’ve just returned from a seven-month trip around the world, and the more I travel the more beautiful Newcastle is, and to showcase it to everyone is an honour,” Currie said.
For his first professional short film, it’s experiencing remarkable success.
It has won awards at three international film festivals, one in Italy and two in Los Angeles, named as a finalist for six others (awaiting results) and officially selected for 11 others.
“Each year, they give away an Oscar for a short film, and to achieve that you need to win certain film festivals, of which we have so far won,” Currie said.
“I’m obviously over the moon.”
Visit Currie’s website for more information.