26 September 2023

Short film focusing on road safety

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The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has recruited a young creative to help get the message out about the dangers of drink driving in a new short film.

Celebrating the film release, Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll said filmmaker, Felix Barnett won TAC’s fourth annual Split Second film competition and has seen his concept, To Die For, brought to life.

“The 22-year-old’s script was selected from 300 entrants and recognised for its creative take on drink driving,” Mr Carroll said.

“The film, which emphasises that, unlike cocktails, drinking and driving don’t mix, features an upbeat bartender creating a cocktail that is ‘to die for’, with each ingredient a car crash reference,” he said.

“Felix was awarded $5,000 prize money and $70,000 to work with award-winning production company The Sweetshop to produce To Die For.”

Mr Carroll said TAC’s Split Second competition invited budding Victorian creatives aged between 18 and 25 to create a 45-second film that got young drivers thinking about their attitudes and behaviours around risky driving behaviours.

The Minister said Mr Barnett’s short film would be featured during movie screenings across Victoria.

Head of Road Safety at TAC, Samantha Cockfield said the Commission was incredibly proud of the Split Second competition and the platform it provided young creatives, particularly after a difficult period for the arts sector.

“Each year we are in awe of the talent amongst entries and Felix’s film shone bright,” Ms Cockfield said.

To Die For will play a crucial role in educating young drivers of the risks associated with drink driving and could help save lives on Victorian roads,” she said.

The 45-second To Die For film can be accessed at this PS News link. Readers are warned it comes with sound!

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