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Does enriched uranium bring happiness?
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For over two decades the Republic of South
Australia has relied on a clean, safe energy
This unique method of energy production
and recycling is now powering the world.
But there is a catch: the global energy
corporation generating this green electricity
is also developing the ultimate weapon, a
neutron bomb that targets the biological
cells of select individuals.
If, as you read this, you think you might be living
in a parallel universe, you could be forgiven.
The scenario is not some shattering
journalistic scoop -- it is part of the
promotion for Double Happiness Uranium,
a new science fiction film about a
fictitious company of the same name.
It is the first feature film for Flinders
University's Head of Screen Production,
Cole Larsen and fellow Adelaide
filmmakers Matt Hawkins and Tom Young.
Combining "larger than life corporate
architecture and Chinese revolutionary
social realism", Double Happiness
Everyone has seen a pair of shoes dangling
from power lines and idly speculated about
how and why they got there -- Matt Bate
has made an award-winning documentary
The Flinders Screen Studies graduate wrote
and directed The Mystery of Flying Kicks,
which won the Best Short Australian
Documentary at the Melbourne
International Film Festival. The 12-minute
film was produced by another Flinders
graduate, Viron Papadopoulos.
Matt, who is a partner in local
filmmaking company Closer Productions,
said the "viral" nature of the global
shoes-on-wires phenomenon and its
on-line popularity fascinated him. He
found thousands of photos of dangling
shoes, along with plentiful speculation
about their meaning and origins.
A public appeal through blogs, forums
and pop culture sites produced a huge
response, Matt said.
"The phenomenon had gone viral via the
Internet, so why not use the Internet to
make the film?
"It was an experiment in film-making in that
we didn't travel anywhere, but at the same
time it was an international film made as a
collaboration with the global public."
Hundreds of contributions in the form of
emails, audio Skype submissions and film
clips were edited down and threaded
together to form a narrative using motion
graphics and animation, and finished with
a specially written song by a sneaker-loving
US female rapper.
The film gives no definitive answer to
"The truth is very nebulous, and part of
the film is a reflection on how supposed
truth operates," Matt said.
"I was interested in how these urban myths
spread -- I call it global Chinese whispers."
Matt has stuck with documentary-making
and popular culture for his upcoming
feature: Shut Up Little Man explores an
infamous series of tapes of two arguing
old men made by their neighbours in
Photo: Liam CH
Uranium is described as a "near future
dystopian science fiction" that is both "a
dark morality tale and forecast of what
To be directed by Mr Larsen, the project
brings together emerging filmmakers,
students and artists in a collaborative
pilot mentorship scheme.
The cast includes Bad Boy Bubby star
Nicholas Hope, accomplished artist, cook
and television personality Poh Ling Yeow,
and Stephen Sheehan, who was named
Best Established Comedian at the 2010
Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The movie is currently in pre-production
but film buffs can get a taste of
Double Happiness Uranium by
visiting the project website at
or those who would like to financially
support the project can contact the
producer, Tom Young, at
Graphic: Karl Larsen, This Big Design
Documentary wins prize but leaves us dangling
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