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5 August 2020

The Blame Game

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Bat Sh*t” - 7 mins 30s

Is the bat currently the most maligned animal on Earth due to Covid-19? Quite possibly, but the creatures themselves argue that the species-wide smear campaign has been going on for much longer - and that the current pandemic isn't even their fault. At least, that's according to this entertaining short film directed by Chris Cottam and Nathan Camponi.

The action is handled with a light touch, encompassing Zoom support groups with other plague-spreading animals, dark mutterings about how Dracula started everything, and a brilliant cameo from Romesh Ranganathan as a vaping rabbit in an animal testing lab. For all the comedy, the film does carry a serious message.

After all, why would wild animals be forced to enter human environments unless their habitats were destroyed? Deforestation and climate change are addressed head-on, as these fed-up creatures lay the blame for the pandemic squarely at humanity's feet. If we continue to ignore these global concerns, the film urges, we're going to end up with a "Planet of the Apes situation" very soon... and we all know how that ended.

Film Production: Chief TV Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Chris Cottam Ⓟ Ⓦ / Nathan Camponi
Producer: Colin Offland
Cinematographer: James Watson Ⓦ (Vision Ⓟ Ⓦ) / Kev Robertson
Editor: Ian McLaughlin
Written By: Tim Jones / James Cross

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