Dialog Box

Health & Wellbeing
The Dangerous Dance
About The Dangerous Dance (see taster video at thedangerousdance.com) 

How does something that starts out as a love story becomes a tale of abuse and violence?

Even if we never marry the wedding dance remains a powerful symbol of our almost universal desire for love, family and fulfilment in a committed relationship.

The modern relationship, however, too often ends in conflict, abuse and violence. How and why does this happen? How does something that starts out as a love story becomes a tale of abuse and violence?

We all know what violence looks like, but what does abuse look like? And what does a healthy relationship look like? We can only reach for something better if we know that what we’ve got is not what we have to settle for.

Is the story of family abuse and violence something we can safely ignore as long as it doesn’t happen to us?

The roles of men and women have changed dramatically in recent decades. The modern woman now expects equality in the workplace and in the home. Some men have responded to this large cultural shift with joyous celebration of newfound freedoms, but many have not.

Many men feel a sense of betrayal and injustice at being deprived of the powers and responsibilities seen as fundamental to male identity. In response to this threat to their masculinity, and fear of emasculation, some men try to regain the upper hand through control, power and violence.

Some women are also perpetrators. What drives them? Is it a need to feel powerful and confident in who they are, or a need to feel safe by being in charge?

At the same time a new strain of toxic masculinity is being blamed for increased levels of domestic abuse and violence, as well as the spread of violent pornography and predatory sexuality, from our primary schools to our universities.

What are the warning signs of toxic masculinity, how does it work and what can we do about it?

What’s a fair expectation of a modern relationship? Does our culture know? And do we have the courage to discuss this before a commitment to an intimate relationship is made?

The Dangerous Dance is a documentary that aims to answer these questions.


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

The goal of this feature documentary is to reduce the incidence of abusive and violent relationship in Australia to improve our culture for future generations and reduce the enormous social and financial costs that Australia bears because of this issue. We are looking to have a positive effect on Australian culture as generational change is achieved.

We want to improve many children’s home life as well as the lives of many women and men who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in situations of domestic abuse.

The documentary has already been endorsed by General David Morrison, Australian of the Year 2016: "The factors that contribute to the alarming rate of domestic violence in Australia are numerous and complex. Yet, surely, gender inequality and a prevailing masculine culture lie at the core of this matter. The Dangerous Dance explores these themes and more to pose the essential question that confronts us all: “What are we going to do to leave a world safer for our sons and particularly our daughters”. You need to see this, then think how am I going to make a difference."
Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

The goal of the documentary is to create culture change that lowers the incidence of domestic abuse and violence. 

At a basic level culture is made up of the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. Our stories, particularly about gender, need revising to fit the context of the 21st century that is so far removed from even a few generations ago. At the moment there is a lot of friction between the genders that is divisive. We need new stories about gender that bring their diversity together in a positive way. 


What is your education and outreach strategy?

The Dangerous Dance documentary production was launched at a gala dinner on 10th August 2016 with keynote speaker General David Morrison, Australian of the Year. The event introduced some of the topics, goals and themes that the documentary will cover.

Fundraising of the budget was kicked off and an initial $90,000 was at the event.

Once the documentary is completed (late 2016/early 2017) it will be entered into local and international film festivals. After this we will aim for screening in independent cinemas followed by release on TV.

Brendon Stretch
Claire Stretch
Total budget
90 Minutes