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Kate Hackett – director of Oleander, a short film about a sex-positive 17-year-old who starts a social-media war against an abstinence-only sex-education programme – is out to highlight the importance of having open, honest conversations about sex and consent with young people. The film explores what happens when an outspoken teenager’s sexuality comes up against criticism, shame and deception and her words are weaponised against her
 

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In the award-winning 12-minute film Oleander – starring Emily Robinson, of Eighth Grade (2018) and TV show Transparent fame – a rebel teenager strikes out against an abstinence-only sex-education programme via her popular YouTube channel. Part sex-positive teen narrative and part cautionary tale about emotional and digital manipulation, Oleander is the coming-of-age portrait of a 17-year-old asserting her sexuality and identity. It’s so multifaceted that you can fill in your own blanks: do you empathise, criticise and/or cheer her on?

 

Here Kate Hackett – the director, writer, producer and editor of Oleander – talks to us about not learning about consent, what happens to beautiful women in Game Of Thrones and what parents and teenagers can get out of watching her striking short film

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To read more of what Kate has to say, see our blog post Teen Sexuality Onscreen – The Coming-Of-Age Short Film Oleander

With thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund!

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