From hiding under beds with pet cats to sipping lattes in gigantic bird cages, a new documentary aims to normalise the craziness that is lockdown.
And now a Melbourne-based video production company has released a short documentary that chronicle the lives of everyday Melburnians who have battled isolation and experienced what the film’s creative director coined “iso-cray”.
The five-stage “iso-cray” experience has been described by Monster & Bear creative director Sarah Hickey as “a form of delirium or coping mechanism developed by the people of Melbourne in stage 4 lockdown”.
Like most businesses, Monster & Bear was completely locked down under stage 4 restrictions so they had to think of new ways to document the extraordinary period in Australia’s history.
Camera IconOne Melburnian has spent the lockdown drinking coffee in a gigantic bird cage. Credit: Supplied
They put the call out to all of Melbourne to send in footage of their experiences during lockdown and said the 10-minute documentary would be guided by what content people were willing to contribute.
“We felt the rest of Australia needed to understand what Melburnians were going through – their everyday experiences for better and for worse,” Ms Hickey said.
“We were all determined to provide insight into the sadness we’re all feeling but were instantly shocked and surprised to see our fellow citizens pull through with a uniquely Melburnian sense of resilience and creativity.
Camera IconAll Melburnians have been feeling a little crazy during stage 4 lockdown. Credit: Supplied
“If we can normalise feeling a bit ‘crazy’, this might just have a very positive mental health effect.
“We should all be able to share our feelings right now, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.”
One of the production company’s regular clients is Beyond Blue with the team seeing the film as an opportunity to start necessary discussions of how Melburnians are coping and how they can help each other.
Company director Josh Mitchell-Frey said they wanted to normalise what everyone was feeling right now.
“To let the people of Melbourne know their feelings are not uncommon and as a wake up call for the rest of Australia to support their friends and families in Victoria,” he said.
“While you’re enjoying cafes, footy games and beaches – we’re doing it tough, and a simple phone call will make all the difference.”