Still Game’s Isa and Tam star in new health video tackling domestic abuse

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An educational film for school children which addresses the impact of domestic abuse has been launched in schools.

The film ‘Keeping Mum’ has been developed after several years of partnership working between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) Health Improvement Team, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership and Community Safety Glasgow, and Shawlands-based Baldy Bane Theatre company.

The theatre company were originally commissioned to produce a play on domestic abuse for P5 – P7 children across Glasgow and it has been so successful that the script was redeveloped to produce a high quality film that could be shown in schools.

The film stars Mark Cox and Jane McCarry, better known for their roles as Tam and Isa in the hit comedy Still Game and tells the story of three children’s experiences of domestic abuse and how it affects their daily lives.

The film has been produced by Soundsmove Production and is available with sign language, audio descriptor and subtitles.

Barbara Adzajlic, Health Improvement Senior, NHSGGC said: “Domestic abuse is a huge public health issue that affects many children and young people across Scotland.

“I am delighted that this film has arrived. This follows years of work developing a really strong programme for primary schools to deal with a difficult but very important subject.

“The film is moving and thought-provoking for children and adults alike. It provides a long-lasting resource that will be useful for training and discussion among professionals, and will allow children to explore the topic in a safe and age-appropriate way.

“The commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism of the director, cast and crew to this project has been wonderful to see and I would like to thank them again for producing this fantastic resource.”

Jane McGarry added: “This is such a difficult subject but is important to highlight.

“Mark and I were keen to come on-board from the get-go as we are both supporters of changing attitudes through film in education.

“The cast and crew were brilliant to work with and the young actors, Stella McCardie, Natasha MacDonald and Luke Adair, were excellent and handled their demanding roles with great skill and sensitivity.”