Interview with Gridlock director Ian Hunt Duffy
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The National Student was given the opportunity to speak to Ian Hunt Duffy, the director of 2016’s intense short film, Gridlock. The Irish director, who also made 2009’s The Euthanizer, has received praise for Gridlock at various film festivals across Ireland, picking up multiple best short film awards. Duffy spoke to us about some of Gridlock’s themes as well as the importance of short films as a medium. When it came to the inspirations for the film, Duffy talked about how he and the film’s writer, Darach McGarrigle, were fans of television shows The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Duffy talks about how they "managed to fit in a huge amount of tension and suspense in a 20-minute episode” and that he and McGarrigle “wanted to see if we could achieve that with a short film and create an exciting mystery for an audience to solve.” On the main themes of Gridlock, Duffy was able to elaborate on a lot of the film’s outlook on society as well as its apparent social commentary. He said, “Gridlock is about paranoia and mob mentality taking over, and how dangerous prejudices and stereotyping can be.” He goes on to talk about how, throughout the film, “we see how easy it is for people to turn on each other when they’re scared and panicking” as well as how the character’s rally together to “pick on those they see as weak or different.” Duffy noted that this feature is particularly relevant now, in the current political climate.
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