A blend of fiction and historical evidence, RANDOM 8 explores issues raised by several famous psychological experiments, including the work of Stanley Milgram at Yale University in the 1960s who studied human obedience to orders, even when the orders were “immoral” or caused pain to others. Inspiration also came from the work of American sociologist, Bill Gamson and colleagues, in which groups were asked to carry out unjust requests made by an authority figure.
From one of Australia’s most distinctive filmmakers, RANDOM 8 is an eerily compelling film with a futuristic “sci-fi” surface, and at heart a thought-provoking essay about some of the big questions of our post-war era. In groups we are told what to do, but do we always do so? Do groups give us courage to obey or do they inhibit us? How do protest and change emerge?
With: Kate Box, Nicholas Brown, Tina Bursill, Jeanette Cronin, Matthew Edgerton, Ksenja Logos, Ivy Mak, Ned Manning, Gibson Nolte, Tim Spencer, Elaine Hudson and Mark Evans.
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