A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand drawn animated film is based on the poem ‘Seven Billion’ written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards: The Young Australian Writer’s National Award for Poetry, selected out of a field of 30,000 and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth).

Director Biography – Radheya Jegatheva

Radheya Jegatheva’s films have been selected to 10 Academy Award Qualifying Festivals along with an Australian Academy of Cinema & TV Arts (AACTA) Award nomination, which is Australia’s equivalent to the Oscars. Radheya is a Perth based Australian filmmaker born in 1999 in Johor, Malaysia to parents of South Korean and Malaysian ancestry. He is a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts student at Curtin University in Western Australia having completed high school at Perth Modern School.

Radheya’s films which collectively have more than 500 official selections worldwide had won awards in 6 of the worlds 7 continents with the last frontier being breached in July 2018, when one of his films played at Antarctica’s Davis Research Station.

Credits

  • Radheya Jegatheva Director Journey, The Tyger, Don’t Look Under Your Bed
  • Radheya Jegatheva Writer Journey, The Tyger, Don’t Look Under Your Bed
  • Radheya Jegatheva Producer Journey, The Tyger, Don’t Look Under Your Bed
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan Producer Journey, The Tyger, Don’t Look Under Your Bed
  • Jay Jay Jegathesan Narration The Tyger
  • Radheya Jegatheva Animation Journey, The Tyger, Don’t Look Under Your Bed



Director Statement

Disclaimer: The message of the video isn’t to say technology and social media is evil and we should go back to the stone age, it’s about humanity and our relationship with it. This entire film was created on my laptop, the soundtrack is completely digital, and I use social media and technology – this all goes back to the name of the film, iRony. We reap the benefits of social media and technology every day and of course it’s incredibly useful and convenient, I just wanted to look at particular aspects of it through a more critical lens and bring awareness to terrible issues such as cyberbullying and in turn, teen suicide. My goal with this film was to hopefully cause discussion or at least contemplation about these issues in a creative way, and to make people reconsider the overconsumption of social media or the ways in which it can be harmful.

iRony has been selected to 7 Academy Award Qualifying Festivals.