After being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend’s best friend, a college student is terrified that this can be turned against her if she speaks up. She has no proof and he studies law.
This is Lina’s latest short film and an exploration into the theme of #metoo movement and sexual assault. With this film, she wanted to zoom in on the aftermath of an assault and the victim’s thoughts and feelings.
I wanted to make this film because I’m a female, and had experienced sexual assault as well as sexual harassment at work, number of times. I didn’t report sexual assault, however, I did report sexual harassment at work once. The manager who did it still got away with it. Almost every woman I’ve spoken to about this topic has had some experience, be it sexual harassment or sexual assault, but brushed it off, because trying to prove it is very difficult, it’s easier to forget and move on. But that makes perpetrators get away with such actions and think that they can do it again and again. I believe #metoo movement is helping bring these issues to the surface, and women around the world have started saying loud and clear- it’s not OK. However, I don’t think the system – legislation, the way these cases are being dealt with, has caught up with the fact that these cases need to be treated differently than other crimes, due to their sensitive nature. I’m passionate to support the the #metoo movement and hopefully make a change.
With this film I wanted to show what it’s like to be abused sexually, what goes on in the head of the victim. My hope is that people, who see the film, would be discouraged to attempt sexual harassment or sexual assault. While portraying the assault briefly, I did my best to not to objectify the victim and to make it as “un-sexy” as possible, because it really isn’t sexy. Some people are still of different opinion on this, which I hope will change.
MEET THE CAST
Vanessa Schaefer plays Kate, an outgoing first year college student who finds herself in a situation she hasn’t bargained for in “Hear a No”. Vanessa is a 23-year-old actress and writer based in Dublin. After completing the Foundation Diploma Course at The Lir Academy in 2017 she went on to play the lead role of “Tara” in the feature film “Dive”, which won “Best Feature Film” at the Dublin Independent Film Festival. Since then she has worked on a variety of short films, including Jessica in “What About Now?” by SWICN clubhouse, Grace in “Good Morning Grace” by Clement Prevaux as well various other short films and theatre productions.
James Mackenzie plays Eoghain, overly self-confident final college year law student. James is an actor based in Belfast, who has been working in the industry since 2017. He has worked on a number of short films, such as Belfast Calibre 9, which was shown in the Belfast Film Festival 2019, advertisements, and plays, such as EIGHT, and Girl in the Machine, which both ran as part of the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics in 2018 and 2019 respectively. James trained with David Scott in the Applied Art of Acting, 2018. He continues to work on his craft and hopes you enjoy the film!
Emma Murphy plays the role of Aoife, a strong-minded roommate and a friend of Kate in “Hear a No”. As a teenager, Emma Murphy adored youth theatre which led her to study in Inchicore College of further education consisting of a three-year course of Drama and Acting studies. She played many parts while in college including Isabella in Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for measure’, Irina in Chekov’s ‘Three sisters’, both directed by Paul Meade, Sally Bowles in ‘Cabernet’ directed by Helen Montague and Paul Meade as well as Lysistrata in Greek comedy ‘Lysistrata’ directed by Paul Brennen. Following her graduation from college, Emma worked on a number of short films and Television specials playing Queen Astral in Ciaron Davis’s film ‘Wonderland’ and Queen Matilda in the BBC show ‘The secrets of Great British Castles’. More recently Emma has stared in a number of theatre roles such as Lady Macbeth in the Jack of all Trades production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Linda in basement productions ‘Blood Brothers’, Bridget in a baseline productions play ‘Dyin for it‘ and Julia In Minds Eye Theatre Company’s production of ‘Extraordinary’ in Smock Alley. Emma recently played the Role of Aoife in Lina Jalala’s film ‘Hear a No’ a powerful short film with a strong message.
Colette plays Mrs. Brennan, a college principal while also multi-tasking as a production and location manager. In her early years Colette had a great interest in film. She did a course in acting with the Irish Dance Centre and spent a year doing speech and drama with Betty Ann Norton. She also did courses in TV presenting, directing, production and filmmaking. Colette played Cecily Cardew in “The Importance of Being Earnest” with Ballymore Eustace Dramatic Society and acted in short films “The Interview” and “The Briefcase” by Kildare Film Makers. Colette’s film experience ranges from writing, directing, producing to being a production manager, location manager, production assistant and assistant producer.
Meet the Crew
Something that’s notable about “Hear a No”, is that it’s crew consisted of a lot of females and was almost exclusively female on some production days. Female writer-director-producer-editor, DOP, AD, AC, PM and colour grader. We didn’t specifically aim to recruit female crew, it just happened that way and worked well, especially considering the nature of the film that we were making. It was inspiring for me as a director to work with so many talented female professionals and see them excel at what they do. I think it’s the most female consisting crew I’ve happened to work with so far. I have to add though that both, female and male cast and crew members were equally passionate to contribute to #metoo movement with this film and get the message across.
Director Of Photography – Jaro Waldeck
Assistant Director – Elaine Gallagher
Assistant Camera – Caoimhe Hernon
Sound – Anthony Egan
Production | Location Manager – Colette Hempenstall
Hair and Make up – Sara Griffin
Behind The Scenes Photography/Video – Edin Mulavdic and Stefan Waldeck
Music Composer – Gabriel F. Reyer
Colour Grade – Natalia Witkowska
Sound Mix – Jasmin Prnjavorac
writer | director | producer | editor – Lina Jalala
Jaro Waldeck started her journey in cinematography with undergraduate photography studies in the USA. Soon, she realised she was interested in movement in her images and made the transition to cinematography studies at Columbia College Chicago. She graduated in 2008 and was placed on a coveted internship with Oscar nominated DOP Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Sideways, Walkd the Line, Nebraska, Ford vs. Ferrari) on a movie “W.” which he was shooting for Oliver Stone. After the internship, Jaro moved back home to Prague, Czech Republic, where she pursued further cinematography studies at the world renown film school Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). She studied under the guidance of accomplished and award winning cinematographers such as Miroslav Ondricek (Amadeus) and Vladimir Smutny (The Painted Bird), and graduated with a Masters Degree in Cinematography in 2011. The following year Jaro moved to Ireland, where she’s worked on short narrative and documentary films, commercial and corporate productions and kept up her photography work alongside it all. She’s also collaborated with some of her former classmates from Columbia College and FAMU on a documentary feature and served as a camera operator on a season of reality television series “Survivor.”
Jaro is a member of the Czech Society of Cinematographers and a board member of Women in Film and TV Ireland. Besides shooting she has also passed on her knowledge through teaching at the English language cinematography department at FAMU, the former Dublin film hub Filmbase, and at Colaiste Dhulaigh in Coolock.
She has been nominated five times for her cinematography on short films and turned three of them into wins.
Hear a No- an official selection for 2020 Richard Harris International Film Festival
Hear a No- an official selection for Carlow International Film Festival
Hear a No- an official selection for 11th Underground Cinema International Film Festival