DAVID reviews

21 November 2017

Breaking Binary

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “Pink or Blue” - 3 mins 08s

This striking short film stars Hollie McNish (who eagle eyed DAVID readers may recognise from Nationwide's poetic campaign), as she dissects the ridiculous concept of gender stereotypes. The film sees her back in collaboration with Jake Dypka, who filmed 'Embarrassed' in 2016.

From a calm beginning, McNish's words swell into an unrelenting cacophony of criticism. The social designation of pink or blue, foisted on children from birth, is illustrated by a split screen, as innovative, edgy imagery weaves in and out of binary presentations of gender.

The visuals and poetry work together perfectly here, as the designation of what is seen as masculine or feminine is shown as increasingly arbitrary and harmful. It's impossible to keep your eyes on one side of the screen for long, blurring the lines further. This is powerful, timely work - very well done.


Film Production: Indy8 Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jake Dypka
Producer: Joe Binks
Executive Producer: Charlie Stanfield
Cinematography: Ben Moulden
Editor: Jake Dypka
VFX: MPC Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Jon Clarke @ Factory Ⓦ
Music Supervision: Sian Rogers @ Siren Ⓦ
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