iRony, which will be played at the next Seasonal Film Series Screening and during the November’s Strasburg Film Festival is a fantastic and scary film.

It’s a film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand-drawn animated film is based on the poem ‘Seven Billion’ written by the film director,Radheya Jegatheva, who won two National poetry awards in Australia:

  • The Young Australian Writer’s National Award for Poetry (selected out of a field of 30,000)
  • Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth)

Director Biography – Radheya Jegatheva

Radheya Jegatheva

Radheya Jegatheva is a young Perth based Australian filmmaker who was born in Johor, Malaysia in 1999 to parents of South Korean and Malaysian ancestry. He is a 2nd year Bachelor of Commerce and Arts student at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Radheya’s films have played at film festivals in 6 of the world’s 7 continents. Only Antarctica remains.

Director Statement

Disclaimer: The message of the video isn’t to say technology and social media is evil and we should go back to the stone age, it’s about humanity and our relationship with it. This entire film was created on my laptop, the soundtrack is completely digital, and I use social media and technology – this all goes back to the name of the film, iRony. We reap the benefits of social media and technology every day and of course it’s incredibly useful and convenient, I just wanted to look at particular aspects of it through a more critical lens and bring awareness to terrible issues such as cyberbullying and in turn, teen suicide. My goal with this film was to hopefully cause discussion or at least contemplation about these issues in a creative way, and to make people reconsider the overconsumption of social media or the ways in which it can be harmful.