Message from Zara


Boyfriend is the result of extensive research through a multitude of platforms, written in the hope that it not only furthers the discussion about domestic violence, but also actively helps connect victims to some of the best resources available.


The film recognises that the issue of domestic violence is far greater than just physical violence; it’s inclusive but not limited to psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse. I would also like to acknowledge that the scope of domestic violence isn’t limited to a single gender or age group. 


Adolescence is a time for exploration of identity as well as intense vulnerability. At present the most common and susceptible age bracket in Australia for a victim is between 16 to 22 years old. As a filmmaker within this age bracket, I chose to write this film in the hope that it will then generate a larger conversation about domestic violence.


Within this website we have a range of information and news about the project as well as information about available resources, providing victims with immediate support 24/7. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship or you would like to know more about it, please have a look at our resources page.

Thank you for your time, and we can’t wait to share the finished film with you.


Writer and Director of Boyfriend


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Zara Sengstock

Boyfriend will be Zara’s graduating piece from a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University. Whilst studying she met fellow classmate Josh and the two have worked together on a variety of short films ever since. Zara has dedicated the last six months to researching the topic of domestic violence before sitting down and writing the powerful piece. Zara participated in a short acting course at 16th Street Actor’s Studio last year and is excited to jump into the director’s chair.


Joshua Galbraith

Having always had a particular interest in films and filmmaking, Josh began studying the Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University of Technology in 2014 and his passion for making films has since continued to grow. With an interest in both documentary and fiction films, Josh has spent his three years at Swinburne honing his producing skills and will be utilising these skills in the production of Boyfriend. This will be the third film that Josh and Zara have worked on together.


James Bateman

James has been hard at work training to be a cinematographer at Swinburne University of Technology and is super excited to be working with the Arri Alexa for Boyfriend. His time at university has been spent building on his knowledge of the camera and he can’t wait to make this film look as fantastic as possible.