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Anti-bullying film Silent Majority receives warm accolades at charity premiere


The cast and crew gather of Silent Majority gather for a group shot following its premiere at a special charity screening at the Hudson Village Theatre last Wednesday, October 28.

A film dealing with teen bullying from a local perspective was screened and warmly received by around 40 invited guests during the charity premiere of Director Domenic Bouffard’s anti-bullying film, Silent Majority at the Hudson Village Theatre last Wednesday, October 29.

Silent Majority is the English-language version of the highly acclaimed and successful Quebec produced, French language original anti-bullying film Période Infernale that was released two years earlier. Both films chronicle the struggles of a new high school student who tries to deal with bullying and is based on co-producer Adam Tanguay’s own personal experiences.

Westwood Senior High School was chosen as the primary location to shoot the film and over 100 students were involved in the production. The school’s principal, Sheila Honeyborne and the Lester B. Pearson School Board were thanked for their participation in making the film become a reality.

While the story line remains the same, Silent Majority takes into account an element of bullying that wasn’t presented in the original production – cyber bullying – an aspect that results in victims being bullied outside of school.

“It’s no longer just about physically pushing or hitting someone anymore,” Bouffard told Your Local Journal. “There are now more subtle ways to bully victims all the time through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.”

Bouffard, who also operates the DB Promédia production company, was pleased with the success of the Silent Majority charity premiere and the warm reception the film received. “It’s always very stressful when you show a movie for the first time,” he said.

“I’m very happy with the work from the cast and crew,” Bouffard added. “Without them, we couldn’t have made this film. This is the best project that I’ve done so far and I think it will achieve its goal of sensitizing people young kids about bullying.”

Westwood Senior High School students Christopher Petterson who played one of the bullies and Adam Laurin who starred as Tim, the 15-year-old victim, both said the experience was very positive.

“I had a great time,” said Petterson. “I was a bit hard to get into the role as a bully because I’ve never really been a mean person. I’ve been bullied in the past but it was never as serious as was shown in the film. It was also interesting to see both sides of bullying.”

“It’s a very emotionally expressive role and that’s why I wanted it when I auditioned,” said Laurin. “It was difficult at times because I really had to be in those emotions. After a while it just came naturally. It took a bit of time to get into that state, but once I was in it, it just flowed perfectly.”

MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Deputy Prefect and Mayor of L’Île Perrot Marc Roy, Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost, and Carole St-Yves, the political attaché to Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MNA Lucie Charlebois attended the charity premiere. The MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-St-Laurent and Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and CSUR were also thanked for their financial support and promotional work.

The official public premiere of Silent Majority will take place at the Salle Albert-Dumouchel in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. For more information or to purchase tickets on-line, visit www.valspec.qc.ca/evenements/silent-majority.

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