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16 November 2021

Homeward Bound III.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “The Last Train” - 3 mins 27s

The last train home is rarely a fun place to be - beset as it is by the tired, obnoxious, or drunk (and occasionally, the unfortunate soul who encompasses all of the above). That feeling is captured in vivid fashion by director and animator Ross Hogg, who uses stark blue and yellow hues to highlight the passengers on one such journey.

It's a fascinating look at public transport as a liminal space, somewhere we're forced into proximity with others and yet make very little connection. When deprived of noise-blocking headphones, the denizens of the train are revealed in all their intoxicated, sleep-deprived glory.

Heightened character design adds an element of caricature to proceedings, while fleeting moments of humour (such as some suggestive graffiti on a window) ensure that this is a fun ride rather than a grim one. Viewers who began working from home during the pandemic will shiver at the prospect of commutes to come.

Director: Ross Hogg
Animation: Ross Hogg
Sound Designer: Keith Duncan

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