Makers of hate-crime documentary Love, Scott: ‘Being in the closet is a form of trauma’
The makers of a heartfelt documentary about the aftermath of a man’s life after a homophobic attack talk to PinkNews about changing the criminal justice system and being in the closet.
Love, Scott is the true story of Scott Jones, a gay man who was left paralysed after an attack which he and his loved ones firmly believe was motivated by homophobia.
The documentary, which premiered at BFI Flare, is a sensitive exploration of Jones’ life in the three years after the attack and the relationship between strength and fear.
The film has been praised by many people, including BFI Flare festival programmer Michael Blyth, who was partially responsible for including the Canadian documentary in the LGBTQ+ film festival line-up.
Scott Jones and writer and director Laura Marie Wayne sat down with PinkNews to discuss the moving and compassionate documentary.
Jones was first keen to highlight how if these attacks were still happening to people like him, other groups in the LGBT community must be struggling with far less attention — particularly trans people and people of colour.
“It just shows that we know that people of colour and trans disabled people of colour are the most targeted in society and so if this is still happening to white cisgender men, the most privileged in the community, then it trickles down and just gets worse,” he said.
“There are problems to be fixed and I do think the fact that I’m white and cis helped with the story getting publicity in the news, there are people of colour who are targeted and it doesn’t get out as much because society doesn’t care as much.”
The film’s overriding theme is that of self-love.
“It’s a film that documents a journey of grief and trauma and through that sheds light on the power of getting in touch with who you are, and your inner child, and forgiveness,” said Jones.
“the film calls attention to what matters in this short and fragile lifetime and asks us to remember the little person inside of each of us,” added Wayne.
The film has been praised for its political nature and neither Jones nor Wayne have shied away from that, highlighting the relevance of the film in 2018.
“A lot of times people were shocked that in 2013 this is still happening, we have this conception that because there’s gay marriage now all the battles have been fought and everything is fine, and that’s definitely not the case,” filmmaker Laura Marie Wayne said.
In creating Love, Scott, Wayne has importantly given a voice to someone affected by a vile hate crime.
“We wanted to make sure that Scott’s voice found a platform and became an authority” Wayne explained. “We could see that these other versions of the story being written either in the media or later in the justice system had their versions of what’s true.”
“I remember seeing this article that said ‘Scott forgave his attacker and moved on with his life’ and it just felt like what does that mean, do you even have a sense of how his day to day life has changed?”
Scott Jones echoed this, saying that his experience in the years since the attack were far deeper than many people saw.
He said: “It’s like that analogy of the iceberg, people just saw the tip of it and through social interactions I realised that oh, this person thinks I’ve gone through it and I’ve worked it all out.
“It’s going to be a lifetime of chipping away at the grief that this has caused in my life. That’s another means of catharsis, knowing that the heart of it my truth is being conveyed.”
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