Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission has announced the winner of its third annual Split Second Film Competition. The medieval epic, ‘A Trial Before the King,’ which was written by Alex Lowes took first prize from over 200 entrants.
The competition which was conceived by Taboo in 2018 asks filmmakers aged 18 to 25 to develop their own 45-second film idea highlighting mobile phone-related driver distraction.
The film is a clever take on all that can go wrong behind the wheel or uh steed.
“You stand accused of crashing your steed into a market stall. Explain yourself!” And we’re off on 45 seconds of fun. From hand-drawn selfies to “placing quill to parchment while in command of a horse,” it appears as if our modern driving transgressions existed centuries ago.
“The Split Second Film Competition is an amazing opportunity for aspiring filmmakers like myself. I’m grateful to the TAC for the chance to produce my film. Mobile phones are a very serious distraction while driving, so it feels rewarding to be involved in a project that uses humour and the popular fantasy genre to convey a strong message to my peers,” said Lowes.
Lowes won $5,000 in prize money and a $50,000 production budget to bring the film to life with production company AIRBAG.
“Each year we try to make the competition bigger and better – and this year’s film is going to be hard to beat. Alex’s hilarious script once again demonstrates the amount of fresh thinking, creativity and passion young Victorians have for road safety,” said Nick Jamieson, executive creative director, Taboo.
“The director, Nick Carlton, and the crew at AIRBAG have outdone themselves again, creating a piece of film that punches well above its weight. Throw in Logie-winning actor Firass Dirani and you’ve got yourself a mini blockbuster.”
‘A Trial Before the King’ will screen at Village Cinemas before blockbuster films from now until April across Victoria.
Young filmmakers can head to www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/split-second to find out about the 2021 Split Second film competition.
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