Our Chosen Genre
• We’ve chosen to do a documentary on homophobic
bullying about people of in and around our age
• First thing we did was ask some of the teachers their
Mr S. Cuffy
‘No I don’t think homophobic bullying is an issue
in our school, however if it was I’d like it to be
brought to my attention’
Ms N. Lintern
‘I do still think homophobic
bullying is an issue at our
school that hasn’t yet been
dealt with but then again in
some cases its very under
Comparing the two teachers
• Mr. Cuffy’s view was very different from Ms.
• She clearly felt that homophobic bullying was
still an issue within our school, this contrasted
with Mr.Cuffy’s views that there was no
problem within Dunraven.
• And then we did a few short interviews…
• Name: Lee Smith
• Age: 18
• School: Dunraven Sixth
• Short interview Link:
1 – How were peoples reactions when you first came
2 – Why do you think your Dad reacted badly when
you came out?
• Name: George Neish
• Age: 18
• School: Dulwhich Boys
• Short Interview Link:
• Name: Stella Collinson
• Age: 17
• School: Emmanuel
• Short Phone Interview:
• I came out over the summer
when I was sixteen to my
• Everyone was fine with me being
gay, my parents were the only
ones who didn’t take it well my
mum told me I would ‘burn in
•The chairman of the LGBT Forum.
•The Wandsworth, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) Forum was set up in 2005,
with the support of GALOP (Gay London Police
Monitoring Group) to improve the lives of LGBT
people living, working and studying in
Their aims are:
To provide a platform for our members, to raise
awareness and campaign on issues relevant to
the Wandsworth LGBT community.
To build partnerships to challenge homophobia
and discrimination across the borough.
To ensure that statutory agencies include LGBT
communities in consultations on service
To increase awareness of people working in
local statutory agencies of the needs and
interests of the LGBT community.
• A public affairs intern at
Stonewall – the lesbian, gay,
bisexual rights charity in the UK.
• "I believe that you can learn
that even the improbable is
• Sample Questions:
• Do you think homophobic
bullying is still an issue in
•What do Stonewall do to help
young gay, lesbian and bisexual
teens who are experiencing
Scheduled Interview – November
• We created an audience survey and passed it out to
our peers and some teachers at our school.
• We received varied results - some that confused us,
some that shocked us and some that had no results
because individuals were so uncomfortable with the
subject matter, they refused to touch the paper.
Do you think it's wrong to be gay?
Have you ever witnessed or
experienced homophobic bullying?
Seen But Not
I Have Bullied
Have you ever tried to help someone
who was bullied for being gay?
Do you think homosexuality is a
Does homosexuality make you
Do you think homophobic bullying is
an issue in your school?
Do you have any friends or family who
What do you think of people who are
abusive towards homosexuals?
If you found out a friend of yours was
gay would you maintain contact with
• When we looked at all the results and compared we
• The majority of people in our survey didn’t think it was wrong to be gay.
• Most of them claimed never to have seen homophobic bullying and only
two owned up to being abusive themselves.
• That the opinion as to homosexuality being a choice was pretty fairly
divided between yes and no.
• Something that surprised us was that the majority of the people felt
uncomfortable with homosexuality even though they thought there was
nothing wrong with being gay.
• And a lot of people thought homophobic bullying was not an issue in
Further Target Audience Research
• We asked ourselves where people our age
went to, in order to find out interesting news
and find out how things were affecting us
• The answer was simple.
So we did some research on how homophobic
bullying was perceived on YouTube.
And then looked at popular openly
• Soon we will be setting up our interviews, and after our test
runs we know certain things we need to adjust.
• We plan to film everyone in their own personal location, at
their homes or work spaces in order to communicate to the
audience what they are like through the mise-en-scene in the
shot with them.
Nowadays it is far more acceptable to be gay, and it’s
shown on YouTube, the amount of people
supporting gay marriage and protesting against
homophobia is clear, teenagers are trying to be more
informative in order to help each other and get their
point across, though not all the feedback is positive
we have derived that our film will join the growing
ranks of anti-homophobic protestation.