Social Distancing Through The Lens Of Wes Anderson


As we all know, the coronavirus is creating chaos across the world and leaving many of us unsure of how to proceed.

While ScoMo is giving mixed messages (weddings limited to five people while fitness boot camps can have up to 10) and the infection rate continues to rise, it seems the best course of action is to barricade yourself at home with a stockpile of canned goods, a few slabs of VB, and a decent internet connection to help ride it out.

Of course, this doesn’t work for everyone, with many required to brave public spaces for work, especially those in the healthcare sector. This is where the practice of social distancing comes into play. As the Australian Government Department of Health website explains, ‘Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people.’

Sounds simple right? Well, the message just isn’t getting through. Many Aussies think it’s still cool to visit Bondi Beach and congregate in large groups in public spaces, which to me, is fucking mind-boggling. As it’s a problem not only here in Australia but across the globe, UK film site Little White Lies are hoping to get the message across with the help of acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson.

Taking footage from some of Anderson’s best films, including Isle Of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums, editor Luis Azevedo has created a visual representation of how to keep 1.5 metres apart at all times while going about your daily business.

The short clip is not just a great demonstration of social distancing, but a fantastic supercut of stunning scenes highlighting Anderson’s much-loved filmography. Anytime I can watch Bill Murray do his thing is a great day.

While the video offers film fans a little fun in these trying times, its message is extremely important and one we all need to be following if we want to flatten the curve.

If you still need clarification on what’s allowed, head to www.health.gov.au for more information.

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