Jakub Jirásek talks accidental adolescent terrorism
With his darkly comedic short Don't Be A Pussy picking up a Gold at this year's YDA, Jirásek tells Jamie Madge how a film for his Master's Degree ended up evolving into a biting satire on social status.
Making a short that pokes fun at social media obsession: difficult to get right. Making a film largely starring children: risky. Making a dark comedy that plays with the idea of school attacks: now hang on, are you mad? Doing this all for a student project: ...
When Jakub Jirásek set about making Don't Be A Pussy for his filmmaking course, his fearless approach and innate knowledge of cinematic language transformed what could be a tricky topic to handle into a wickedly entertaining study of innocence, technology and the explosive imagination of youth.
We caught up with Jirásek in lockdown to discuss how the prep, the production and the end product led to a well-deserved YDA Gold in 2020.
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