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'Rape-revenge' films are changing: they now focus on the women, instead of their dads

By Isobella Austin, PhD Candidate in Cinema and Screen Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
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Narratives around sexual assault in Hollywood are changing – on screen and off.

There is a longstanding genre of film dedicated to depicting the crime of rape as it affects the fathers of the victims, showing fathers dishing out violent retribution.

Contemporary directors have been moving away from depictions like this, with many films choosing to complicate the simplistic morality of their predecessors.

But these films have generally been low-budget affairs with…


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