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31 July 2018

Shock to the system.

by Andrew MacGregor


Network Rail: “You vs Train” - 90s

This timely communication from Network Rail offers a raw portrayal of the risks posed by trespassing on the nation's railways. Drawing from the real-life ordeal of Birmingham teenager Tom Hubbard, the film depicts three youngsters as they scale fences and freight trains for kicks. Needless to say, it doesn't end well.

Flitting between the teens and the victim's concerned mother, director Ben Lankester builds tension through nimble cuts and a fraught soundtrack. When the inevitable does occur, we only see brief glimpses of the protagonist's injuries - but there's no doubting the damage a 25,000 volt electric shock can do.

Of course, recent tragedies prove there are still those who see rail tracks as fair game. Whether this 90" effort discourages such would-be daredevils remains to be seen, but it does underline that even survival has a terrible price.


Film Production: The Progress Film Company Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Ben Lankester Ⓦ
Producer: Tylie Cox
Head of Production: Richard Guy
Production M'ger: Heeva Hamed
1st AD: Gareth Lewis
Cinematographer: James Rhodes
Stunt Supervisor: Peter Pedrero
Editor: Ben Lankester
Colourist: Vic Parker @ Raised by Wolves Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Anna Bertmark
Music Supervision: Lennert Busch

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