The Oppressed Clown

My short film ‘The Oppressed clown’ displays what it can be to live as a woman. In this film the motif of the dressed clown is used as a metaphor to provoke questions around the relationship of audience, unwanted attention and the woman that lies behind the mask. I made this film to show what women may go through on a daily basis: being harassed, groped physically and verbally abused by the other. My short film displays a range of archived footage of women being abused from CCTV, to the way women are over-sexulised in the media, music videos and in film.

  • Madeleine Rebecca Draper
  • Harriet Duke
  • Madeleine Rebecca Draper
  • Harriet Duke
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 minute 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Falmouth University, Cornwall
Director Biography - Madeleine Rebecca Draper

I want to be a photographer whose imagery induces thought, empathy and change. My film/photography captures raw emotions brought on by societal pressures and is aimed at provoking the viewer to engage with the messages behind my bodies of work. I enjoy the process of translating conceptual ideas that I feel passionate about into visual imagery that people can connect to. By combining artistic disciplines to work in unison, I hope to communicate with people on a deeper level of understanding. This is why I enjoy the process of film/photography in its entirety, from curating the makeup, hair and choice of styling to the art direction of my sets, to producing and editing my work in a creative way.
My goal is to empower my audience through my imagery, simply allowing people to relate and feel appreciated. Knowing that we are good enough the way we are, as beauty is your true self :)

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