Experiencing Interruptions?


Jessie, a female university student, wants to submit her dissertation on time, but temptations distract her and she struggles to concentrate on finishing it.
Counting down to 24 hours, Jessie lets out a giggle as she lies in bed watching Variety. Counting down to 12 hours, she sleepily gets out of bed. Counting down to 10 hours, she eats takeaway while watching a TV show. Counting down to 8 hours, she sets the tree planting activity on the FOREST app to 2 hours and forces herself not to look at her phone as she checks the assignment requirements. Counting down to 6 hours, FOREST work is completed and she picks up her phone to watch a YouTube video. Counting down to 4 hours, she sets her tomato clock to 2 hours and she turns her computer back on and types frantically. Counting down to 2 hours, she goes to the cupboard to get her gum and sees her phone. She wanted to look at her phone, but she knew she needed to catch up on her essay and she was torn and distressed. The next second she slammed her phone down heavily on the floor. She walked back to her desk and continued to write her essay. A minute counted down and when the submit page button turned from red to grey. Finally, she did not succeed in submitting her assignment.

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    3 minutes 30 seconds
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    December 4, 2020
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    100 AUD
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    Yes - The University of Sydney
Director Biography - ZIXIN SHI

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Zixin Shi was born on 21 February 1997. She is from Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. She grew up in Taiyuan and attended Taiyuan Foreign Language School in high school from 2012 to 2015. From 2015 to 2019 she studied at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. During this period, she developed a strong interest in photography. She likes to use her camera to record the little moments in her life, and she will be sincerely proud when she takes satisfactory photos. At the same time, there were always whimsical ideas in her mind and she recorded them to complete a short story, which she also hoped could be presented on the big screen. That's how she started her film studies. She is now studying the master of moving image at Sydney University and is about to graduate.

She really enjoys documentaries. The documentary responds to real issues and social realities reflects humanistic concerns and make the viewer think and feel in a new way. She is interested in documentaries about family and relationships and Life is Fruity is a great inspiration for her. The director uses a realistic documentary format and a realistic approach to show the idyllic life of two retired Japanese seniors and their longing for love. The film brings healing to the soul and the desire for a better life.

She completed a film on the theme of procrastination in 2020 called in time, which documents the behavior and inner activities of a female university student the day before an assignment is submitted, who breaks down and cries after not submitting the assignment on time due to procrastination. She worked independently on the film, including, completing the script, pre-production, on-set filming, and post-editing. This has given her a more comprehensive understanding of making microfilms. She will also be putting the film into film festivals.

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