Kelly Wilson, a high school sophomore, is a victim of bullying. In an effort to expose the bullies, Kelly decides--with the help of her best friend Tanya--to document the daily abuse on videotape.The bullying starts as intimidation, both in school and on the Internet, and eventually escalates to severe physical violence. Through the lens of Kelly's camcorder, we are given direct insight into her home life and her friendship with Tanya, which are both ultimately destroyed by the relentless bullying that follows her day and night. This film sheds light on the brutality of bullying in a way no film has done to date.
Review by Nicole Kristel
After the wave of teen suicides over the past few years, Brian Sizensky’s film Bullycam is a cautionary tale whose message will resonate with any audience.
With the advancement of technology and social media, bullying and the ability with it to interfere in a teen’s life has taken on a whole new meaning. Reminiscent of Phoebe Prince’s story from 2010 but including incidents similar to the ones that led to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, Bullycam takes a very relevant topic and translates it into a universal warning about the dangers and extremes of bullying in today’s society. Shot documentary style from the point of view of 16 year old Kelly Wilson the film is extremely well executed and the audience becomes firmly engrossed in the story. Since the film was shot like a documentary, the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred as the audience is completely convinced they are watching true actions unfold. Considering the sensitive nature of the topic, the realism of the film only increases its impact.
Bullycam combines current events with intensity and drama without dipping into the melodramatic Lifetime Movie category. High school is a struggle for most kids on a good day, but some endure tortures unimaginable to most and unseen to adults. It is unfortunate that as teenage bullying increases, its recognition does not. There have been too many headlines concerning the injury or death of victims of bullying recently and Bullycam is a brave and unabashed look into this all too common occurrence.