In an effort to raise awareness of domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown,Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery and New York based director Samantha Scaffidi have united across waters to collaborate on a new song and video, ‘Run a Mile’.
‘Run a Mile’ hears gravel-voiced Flannery sing from the perspective of a woman in an abusive relationship:
“can we not is hardly no,
no is not the way to go,
it only buys a week of silence,
and it’s silence I can bear the least.
I’m your happy daughter,
I’m your smiling girl,
I meant all the world to you when you saw me first…”
Speaking about writing the song, Mick says: “This song was written as an attempt to empathise with a woman who has lived with disappointing men all her life, from her own father to the father of her child, to subsequent relationships.
I know that most men know what it feels like to be physically overpowered by a man. Depending on the severity it can cause great anger and/or trauma. I try to use this theme, ‘loss of physical autonomy’ in the song, and hope to show that, for a woman like this, the effects can be much worse.
I’m honoured that Samantha wanted to use it for this project.”
Writer/director Samantha Scaffidi, who operates out of renowned production company SMUGGLER, in New York, gives some background to the making of the video:
“Here in the US, I have been working closely with Healing TREE to bring awareness to the struggle for survivors of domestic abuse to leave their abuser. Recently, with the restriction of resources and the inability to leave the house during this pandemic, I was brainstorming ways to help in the fight against the horrific reality for these survivors during this time. After working with Mick on his song ‘Run a Mile’ over the past 6 months, I spoke to Marissa Ghavami at Healing TREE, and we both agreed that we should re-contextualize our film ‘Bound’ in efforts to spread awareness.
Hauntingly enough, the image we shot two years ago feels more relevant to the current affairs then it did at that time. I’m thankful it has found a home with Mick and I’s joint effort to bring about awareness and raise funds in Ireland. I believe the song and the film found each other in a way that I could have not predicted. All united for an important cause.”
‘Run a Mile’ by Mick Flannery is available to buy/stream now at: https://linktr.ee/RunAMile
All proceeds from ’Run a Mile’ will go to Women’s Aid – a national frontline organisation supporting victims of domestic violence. Women’s Aid is calling for the safety of women and children affected by abuse to be a priority during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 www.womensaid.ie
Mick will debut some new songs, and also take requests, for his next Live Stream ticketed show at 9pm (GMT), Saturday 30th May. A limited number of tickets priced at €15 (includes a free download of ‘Somebody Else’) are available now via Bandcamp, with a portion of the tickets also going towards Women’s Aid.