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21 June 2019

Screen break.

by Andrew MacGregor

Film & Television Charity: “The Looking Glass” - 1 min 36s

This stark ad for The Film & Television Charity urges industry professionals suffering from work-related stress and other mental health issues to have their say via a new confidential survey. Scored by The Cure's ‘The Kiss', the ad uses Black Mirror-inspired imagery and a ‘glitching' protagonist to vividly highlight the issue.

Despite its heavily stylised aesthetic, the ad also registers on an emotional level. This is thanks in large part to a fraught lead performance, with desperation etched across the protagonist's face as he hurls himself against the screen.

As other forms of media - most notably video game development - begin to confront the psychological cost of crunch time and poor job security, this depiction of mind versus matter kick-starts the conversation in film and TV circles.

Editor: Scott Cato Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams
Post Production: Youngster London Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Robin McGloin
Colourist: Jim Bracher
Voiceover: Adrian Lester
Music: The Kiss - The Cure

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