Total Investigation Television (script) was inspired by the popular social experiment films that saturate YouTube and social media. These films claim to be raising awareness about moral causes but in reality are treating people like laboratory rats, forcing them into manufactured situations that are both dangerous and stressful. I’ve seen examples where assaults are instigated, the disadvantaged are manipulated and judged from a position of privilege, and children are put in extreme danger (a crime for which those responsible should be prosecuted for child endangerment). The filmmakers’ true intention – to scam the public to make their videos go viral, promote their companies and sell merchandise – seems to have gone unnoticed. Total Investigation Television’s aim was to draw attention to the hypocrisy of their immoral acts.
Jay is desperate to make a successful social experiment film that questions people’s morality, but his desire for success throws his own morality into question.
The Housemate from Hell (script) is a short film I made in the final year of my Film & Video Degree. It’s a dark comedy about how a lack of communication can fuel resentment and lead to antagonism. It also uses the device of the untrustworthy narrator (inspired by the Doctor Who episode Love & Monsters): clues being spread throughout that contradict the narrator’s story.
Cleanly and organised, James is a peaceful, heavenly soul. But when Mike, a slobby party animal, moves in, a war begins with the housemate from hell.