Superstar singer Alesha Dixon has become associate producer of a film by a Shepherd's Bush director which tells the fictional tale of Chronicle reporter who uncovers a story about domestic violence.
And, in a double boost, the movie, which was filmed on location in Hammersmith and Fulham, has been nominated for the Film London 'Best of Boroughs' Film Awards.
Miss Dixon, also a former Strictly Come Dancing star, is a keen campaigner against domestic violence having witnessed the abuse of her mother at the hands of aggressive partners during her childhood.
"Domestic violence affects one in four women in the UK. It is an issue that is very close to my heart and one I'm keen to raise awareness of. It is vital we continue to support those who are currently experiencing violence in the home, or have experienced violence in the past, and to help them to rebuild their lives."
Directed by Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush-based Tim Berry, Victims was filmed on the Clem Attlee Estate in Lillie Road, Fulham, and Charlow Close in Sands End.
It stars former Beautiful South singer-turned-actor Briana Corrigan, who plays violence victim Susan, and Sense and Sensibility star Hattie Morahan, who is a local journalist, Ellen. The script, which aims to explore the long-term effects on domestic violence victims after the abuse ends, tells the story of Ellen's dilemma when she visits Susan's partner, Gavin (Rob Talbot), to present him with an award for heroism, but ends up uncovering the dark truth of the pair's relationship.
Miss Dixon was impressed with what she saw. 'Victims' is a film which highlights how many women can be trapped in abusive relationships and shows that the pain of domestic violence does not go away after the violence has ended. It comes at a time when the government plans to abolish the Social Fund, which may discourage those in abusive relationships to seek the support they need to make the transition from a violent relationship towards independent living.
"This film shows leaving is not always an easy decision for victims to make, particularly when children and financial worries are involved, and I was happy to be able to support a film with such a strong message."
The short film with the most public votes will triumph at the awards. To view the film and vote, visit http://filmlondon.org.uk/best_of_boroughs/victims/
Voting closes on August 31.