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Under The Water

11 year-old, Olivia, lives in a small, seaside town with her father. Olivia endures misogynistic behaviour from the boys and men in her town; she’s told to smile, she’s followed, she’s physically assaulted. Dealing with the situation with silence and reservation, Olivia retreats into her own world. Olivia finds solace in an old picture book; set against the roaring ocean waves a group of sirens fight back against their captors. A series of strange happenings lead her back to the ocean. When she follows a woman into the depths, Olivia engages with the power and irreverence of the sirens of the sea. Later, when verbally assaulted by a group of teenage boys in a car, Olivia expresses her rage. She takes the power she hasn’t been afforded.


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