15 October 2001
Child abuse will be the subject of a hard-hitting package of programmes, comprising a drama and a studio discussion.
NZ On Air today announced funding for the programmes, to screen on TV3.
Entitled Killing Tomorrow, the production will explore the issues and ask the hard questions about why so many New Zealand children are abused, and what can be done to prevent it.
The programme will follow the format of last year’s overwhelmingly successful Questions, which focused on youth suicide. Just as that programme raised awareness of the issues around youth suicide, Killing Tomorrow will bring home the reality of child abuse to many New Zealanders.
Killing Tomorrow focuses on three stories involving children who are victims of violence in the home. Each tragic story is interwoven, and they pull no punches in showing the situations of the children, who are suffering in the hands of their ‘caregivers’.
The studio discussion will provide an opportunity for experts to discuss issues around child abuse. Viewers will find out how to identify the warning signs or recognise their own actions and learn where to go for help.
“The team at Screentime-Communicado, led by producer Ross Jennings, which also produced Questions, has painstakingly prepared the script and format of the drama and studio discussion, working with key agencies to ensure it is realistic, relevant and appropriate. It will provide a powerful vehicle through which to promote greater public awareness of child abuse issues,” said NZ On Air’s chief executive, Jo Tyndall.
On Air has allocated $435,580 to Screentime-Communicado for
a one-hour drama and $89,215 for the one-hour studio
This media release is available on the Internet, at http://www.nzonair.govt.nz
1 x 1 hour drama $435,580
1 x 1 hour studio discussion $ 89,215
Broadcaster: TV 3
Producer: Ross Jennings, Screentime-Communicado