The award-winning production company Films of Record has been commissioned by the BBC to make a 3-part series to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of The Children Act. The series will examine the law and how it is practiced with specific focus on its impact on fathers and their ability to maintain a relationship with their children after divorce – both in the short term and over a lifetime.
It will explore the reasons why many men see themselves as victims of an injustice; seemingly denied residency or contact simply for being the father. It will reflect on the role of the father in the modern family and the long-term psychological importance for children of maintaining a relationship with their father even if their parents have separated.
We’re currently looking for parents to contribute to the series. We hope to be able to film with mothers as well as fathers and, where possible, children too. We’d like to hear from anyone who can help us understand how, where and why the system is, or is not, working. If there is a conflict between the aspirations of The Children Act and the way it is administered, how does this impact on the non-resident parent?
Getting in touch will in no way commit you to taking part in the series. Anything you tell us will be treated with the utmost confidence.
At Films of Record we are very experienced in making films about complex issues that are both legally and emotionally sensitive. You can find more information on our website: www.filmsofrecord.com.
Louise at last a company willing to listen to a mans point of view.
Sara you must think we nuts but we are two women who have seen how one sided divorce can actually be. We are aware that not all women get treated well but in the main the man does get a very raw deal.
Both myself and Louise have been campaigning for something like this for a while and I am sure if you needed any extra advice we would both be willing to help although our particular cases did not involve children.
I for one am agreeable to this tv company post - I hope you men out there will use this platform to your benefit at last you have the chance to speak out!!!!!!!
Very interesting. I take it that the idea is to interview both parents and their children in which case personal acrimony can achieve national exposure and the children who may have been shielded up to that time can be bewildered by finding out that the situation with their dad is not the norm.
To reflect on the role of the father in the modern family and the long-term psychological importance for children of maintaining a relationship with their father one need go no further than the present Gordonian government who have got themselves in a knot with the proposal that one of a lesbian couple can be considered the father member.
The male ego takes a huge bashing during divorce. In the instance when it starts off heavily inflated at the start of proceedings, themselves brought about by the man's philandering or arrogant behaviour, it actually has a chance of survival. When the man is the applicant he firstly finds the 'no fault', administrative nature of the process a surprise, closely followed by another novelty - that he has no effective sanction against his wife's bad behaviour if she has the children.
In the event of refusal of contact a man who loves his children and believes that their upbringing is the responsibility of both parents, has either to surrender that belief or face a horrendous struggle balancing argument with his ex against the effect of that argument on their children and the order of benefit that contact will bring.
When his children are a core part of that man's psyche, denial of contact may very well make him question his purpose on earth.