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14 July 2021


by Jason Stone

Network Rail: “You vs Train” - 60s

This striking rail safety film is sufficiently frightening to evoke memories of the classic 1970s public information films that stoked the nightmares of those now in their forties and fifties. As a man unwisely decides that he can't be bothered to use the conveniently placed bridge to get across the railway tracks, we see a literal representation of the way that his wife and his daughter are about to have their lives shattered.

Everything about it is doom-laden from the ominous foreshadowing to the gloomy colour palette, and this neatly captures the idea that a senseless asinine decision can have far-reaching and tragic consequences. It's a perfect demonstration too of how a film can have a lot more impact if it eschews the violence of an actual impact.

As a piece of communication it feels likely to be a million times more effective than the hugely insulting 'Dumb Ways To Die'... as long as we measure success by lives saved rather than apps downloaded on iPhones.

Creative Agency: The Leith Agency Ⓦ
Creative: Sam Muir / Jim Swan
Agency Producer: Emma Hamilton
Director: Jon Hollis Ⓟ Ⓦ (Nice Shirt Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Richard Martin / Jack Cain
Cinematographer: Ben Chads
Editor: Jon Hollis @ Raised by Wolves Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Jon Hollis @ Raised by Wolves Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Design: Grand Central Ⓟ Ⓦ

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