Upcoming Aussie release of DROWN honours memory of Charlotte Dawson

February 2015

Sunday February 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Charlotte Dawson, who took her own life in her Sydney apartment after a long battle with depression.

So it is bittersweet that Drown, a film project she was a passionate supporter of that deals with homophobia, bullying and suicide, is set for release early next month.

Before her death the Australia’s Next Top Model star signed on as an ambassador for the project in order to help raise the funds needed in order to release the film.

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Passion project: Drown, the movie Charlotte Dawson was so passionate about, is set for release at the Mardi Gras Film Festival next month -just after the one-year anniversary of her death

 

 
 

Passion project: Drown, the movie Charlotte Dawson was so passionate about, is set for release at the Mardi Gras Film Festival next month -just after the one-year anniversary of her death

Drown stars A Place To Call Home star Matt Levett, Jack Matthews and Harry Cook and revolves around Len (Levett) a competitive surf-lifesaver who is out shined by a younger, gay competitor called Phil (Matthews).

Len begins to bully Phil after finding out he is gay, though he himself begins to develop confusing feelings for his victim.

Len and his friend Meat (Cook) take Phil out on a night on the town which ends in tragedy.

The film has already sold out of its first screening at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on March 4 with another screening on March 12 still available to purchase.

The film: Starring Matt Levett, Jack Matthews and Harry Cook and revolves around Len, played by Levett (pictured) a competitive surf-lifesaver

 

 

The film: Starring Matt Levett, Jack Matthews and Harry Cook and revolves around Len, played by Levett (pictured) a competitive surf-lifesaver

The victim: Len is outshined by a younger, gay competitor called Phil, played by Jack Matthews (pictured)

 

 
 

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The victim: Len is outshined by a younger, gay competitor called Phil, played by Jack Matthews (pictured)

Confusing: Len begins to bully Phil after finding out he is gay, though he himself begins to develop confusing feelings for his victim 

 

 

Confusing: Len begins to bully Phil after finding out he is gay, though he himself begins to develop confusing feelings for his victim

Charlotte’s sister, Vicky, spoke to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph saying the much loved TV host would have been ‘thrilled’ the project was going to be released.

‘We are so proud of her and all her efforts. There are an awful lot of things she has campaigned for and lots of those things have come to fruition which is fantastic.

‘We are very proud of everything she did in her life and the legacy she left.’

‘There are a huge number of people whose lives have been improved by her,’ she said, also adding people still get in contact with the family to say how big an impact Charlotte had on their lives.

Tragic: Len and his friend Meat, played by Harry Cook (pictured) take Phil out on a night on the town which ends in tragedy

 

 
 

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Tragic: Len and his friend Meat, played by Harry Cook (pictured) take Phil out on a night on the town which ends in tragedy

A success: The film has already sold out of its first screening at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on March 4 with another screening on March 12 still available to purchase

 

 

A success: The film has already sold out of its first screening at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on March 4 with another screening on March 12 still available to purchas

Drown: A film about homophobia in the lifesavers is making waves
 

 

 

The much loved TV host was outspoken in her support of many different charities, and her legacy continues with sales from the homeware range she created before her death giving 80 per cent of its profits to her preferred charities including Lifeline, Community Brave, ACON, Angels Goals and The Smile Foundation.

The Australia’s Next Top Model mentor was all too familiar with bullying and was hospitalised in 2012 after she was bombarded with hateful messages by Twitter trolls because of her involvement in an anti-bullying operation.

It was reported at the time she had attempted to take her own life.

'Thrilled': Charlotte's sister, Vicky, said the much loved TV host would have been 'thrilled' the project was going to be released

 

 

‘Thrilled': Charlotte’s sister, Vicky, said the much loved TV host would have been ‘thrilled’ the project was going to be released

Following her stay in hospital she appeared on A Current Affair and The Project in an attempt to expose the malice behind Twitter bullying.

In an interview with Channel 9’s 60 Minutes at the time, Charlotte said: ‘It just triggered that feeling of helplessness when the trolls got to me. They got the better of me and they won.’’

She also touched on the topic in her book, Kiss And Tell, which was released in October 2012.

Charlotte was found dead in her apartment on February 22 2014 at the age of 47.

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