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The ‘Stronger’ series is a series of thirteen self-initiated short films that will be made over the next 3 years, dealing with the idea of facing or living through something that is challenging and difficult and becoming stronger because of it, or despite it. These films will range from 2-20 minutes, and cover a diverse range of subjects, some more serious than others. The two films completed so far can be seen below.


If you have a story to tell, please get in touch to discuss further.



STRONGER I (MADELEINE) is the first film in a series of short films by thirteensquared that celebrates the individuality and the passion of people who have faced difficult and challenging situations and emerged stronger as a result. This film shows Madeleine’s strength, humanity, compassion and willingness to forgive the two men who raped her when she was thirteen.


She says “Love will always win over hate” and this short film is testament to that. In Madeleine’s own words: “If anyone had told me a few years ago that one day I would be giving radio and TV interviews, speaking publicly or writing a book; I would never have believed them. But after sharing my story publicly for the first time in September 2014 I realised that my voice and words are now my strength and I will continue to speak out against sexual violence for all those who can’t find their voice yet. I want people to know that they are not what happened to them, that its never too late to get support and that they can heal from sexual violence and transform their pain into something positive.


My aim is that by sharing my story it inspires hope for other people to understand that if we choose to we can get past anything in life. After all it’s not what happens to us that is important but what we do with it.”




If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this film and want to talk to someone, you can contact:



https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk  Phone free any day between 6pm and midnight on 08088 01 03 02  


or if you are deaf or hard of hearing on minicom number 0141 353 3091





STRONGER II is film about a man fighting both schizophrenia and cancer. It is inspirational and highlights his fantastic attitude of valuing both his life and the lives of those he loves.