SEEKING REFUGE ON BOUNDED PLAINS // Q&A

Duck and Cover focuses on Australia’s particularly toxic past with immigration. The film uses found footage coupled with appropriated Australian political speeches to ultimately highlight Australia’s disturbing racist history but also illustrates how these issues are still very relevant today.

No Borders is a film which focuses on Melbourne and the individuals who have migrated here. This very aesthetic film highlights the uniqueness and diversity of Melbourne which perfectly melds with the personal anecdotes of individuals who have migrated here. The video manages to capture the varying aspects to migration: the location, the people and the inevitable sacrifices.

Films by Alaine Thompson, BingBing Sun, & Samantha Antolini

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THE POWER OF POLITIC // Q&A

Australia, A Changing Climate explicitly critiques the Australian government’s incompetence and ineptitude in managing and dealing with climate, both in the past and present. The montage of clips demonstrates the horrific consequences of climate change that we are experiencing here in Australia and aims to provoke a drive for change in the audience.

The Dam is poetic look into the issue of housing and infrastructure in the Cranbourne region. The message of the piece is left subtle and ambiguous in nature, with the most explicit reference being the metaphorical poem. As the housing industry and population boom in this area, how much longer will it be before the infrastructure collapses under this weight?

Films by Patrick Turnbull & Ruby Bannerman

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY // Q&A

Chicken Run is a found footage film focusing on animal cruelty as seen in the fast food industry. The film intends to perhaps remind the audience of the implication of buying particular meat. Chicken Run manages to demonstrate the horrifying reality of the meat industry whilst remaining subversively poetic in it’s approach.

You’ve Got Beautiful Eyes is a film which makes audiences review how we see beauty and identify conventionally ‘beautiful’ features. The film focuses on our physical features and senses, intending to remind us of their purpose and that this is more significant than appearance.

Films by Jane Weber & Brady Harmon

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SEWING SOCIETY // Q&A

Handmade is a very aesthetic film. Rather than having a political point in of itself, it instead stands in contrast to the fast paced and global aspect of The Thin Thread.  In this film we attempt to remind the audience that fashion can be a form of art and perhaps shift their focus locally to support individuals like Grace (The films focus). The films also intends to edge the audience to reject the appeal of ‘fast-fashion’. The film is shot in the‘Bedroom Studios’, Fitzroy, and focuses on the artistic aesthetic within the building itself but also attempts to situate the audience geographically.

The Thin Thread intends to illustrate the impact of ‘fast-fashion’ beyond what simple advertising shows us. The film is fast paced and quite-unambiguously shows the disparities between ‘glossy’ fashion advertising and the conditions the clothes are actually produced in — focusing particularly on Bangladesh sweat shop workers.

Films by Nikki Manfrin, Bridgette Adam, & Alois Wittwer

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(UN)SAFE SCHOOLS // Q&A

Addressing the subject of homophobia, All Wrong gives insight into the similarities in homophobic attitudes that were present 50 years ago and still linger today. Through the two-part structure and the emotive song choice, it is made explicitly clear that Australia has not progressed anywhere near as far as it should’ve with this issue.

Transparent poetically delves into the extreme hardships faced by young LGBTQIA people. Specifically, Transparent focuses on the devastating consequences which may arise from a lack of support from loved ones and family members.

Films by Kiralee Greenhalgh & Evan Parris

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DECODING PUBLIC RESTRICTIONS // Q&A

Through cynical satire, Tech-No-Logic serves as a condemnatory critique of modern technologies detrimental effects. From the deterioration of community unity and connectedness to the devastating conditions iPhone workers endure. The piece explores the insidious reality which lies behind the dazzling products our society continues to consume so thoughtlesly.

Sign City presents us with a humorous perspective on the bizarre ways in which humans are regulated in public spaces via signage. Through the use of compounding voiceover, Sign City exposes the hilarious and befuddling abundance of peculiar and unnecessary signs surrounding the CBD and around RMIT’s city campus.

Films by Elaine Leong, Haylee McCormick & Daniel Orbach

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