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27 April 2020

Selfish/Selfless

by Syd Briscoe


PSA: “Out/In” - 33s

While most of us are desperate to leave our homes as lockdown stretches on, this stark film offers a pointed reminder about why we're inside. The visuals flicker between still images in dramatic contrast: people in hospital versus people outside, gathering in defiance of social distancing guidance.

There's no question that our government have, to put it delicately, royally fucked up their Covid-19 response in many ways. So it's understandable that some may be reluctant to follow directions from those who've already mishandled so much. However, the facts from countries with strict lockdown policies speak for themselves - social distancing works.

With each image transition accompanied by the rhythmic, terrifying hiss of a ventilator, this film should prompt those bored and frustrated enough to consider breaking quarantine to think twice. We may be sick of being indoors, yes, but at least we're still breathing on our own.


Creative: Nick Bell
Film Production: HLA Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Simon Ratigan Ⓟ Ⓦ
Editor: Paul Watts Ⓦ / Bruce Townend Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Parv Thind / Warren Hamilton @ Wave Ⓟ Ⓦ

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