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Top 6: February 16th 2022

TAC: To Die For

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Top 6: February 16th 2022
TAC, TABOO and Sweetshop premier the winner of the fourth annual Split Second Film Competition, in partnership with Village. Aspiring young Victorian filmmakers had the chance to bring their cinematic vision to life on the big screen, as part of the fourth annual Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Split Second Film Competition. The competition invites 18–24-year-old Victorians to help tackle key road safety issues affecting the community through their own creativity.

The 2021 competition cast a spotlight on the risks of drink driving and low-level speeding, two issues that of particular concern amongst young Victorians.

Research shows that around 1 in 5 drivers and riders are killed have a BAC over the legal limit of 0.05 and 18 – 25 years old are the most likely age bracket to speed.

Conceived by Felix Barnett (21), this year’s winning script, To Die For, was selected from over 300 submissions, a record for the competition. Barnett’s script looks at the ingredients of a ‘car crash’ through the lens of an upbeat bartender, mixing a seemingly every day cocktail.

Barnett was awarded $5,000 cash and a $70,000 production budget to bring his road safety script to life in collaboration with award-winning production partners, Sweetshop, and creative agency TABOO.

The haunting short film will screen at Village cinemas across Victoria to remind the community about the dangers of drinking.
Steph Kitchin, Associate Creative Director of TABOO says “What’s so unique about the Split Second Film Competition is it’s an opportunity for young Victorians to actually be part of the solution and use their creativity for good. We can often feel like the outcomes on our road are out of our control, but it’s up to every single person to make better decisions - that’s how will can affect change.

We gravitated to Felix’s script because it dramatizes a key moment where the decisions around drink driving are made – at the bar”.

The film is launching on Wednesday 2nd February and will screen state-wide across Victoria this February in partnership with Village Cinemas. Victorians can head to to find out more.
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Creative Agency: Taboo Melbourne

Casting Director: Megan Darcy

Senior Post-Producer: Freya Maddock

Audio Post Company: Gasinc

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