Locked On (view IMDb) is an upcoming documentary short film that focuses on climate activism.

Specifically, it focuses on two activists, alongside their supporters from Extinction Rebellion, who blockaded the exit to the Exxon-Mobil Fuel Terminal in Yarraville, Melbourne in December 2021 – telling their story, why they did what they did and what they hope to achieve from doing this action.

The film was was produced and created by people active within the climate movement:

Peta Hitchens and Alex Mungall contributed to the overall direction of the production and are active in the Westside local group of Extinction Rebellion. Hitchens is also a filmmaker, and also contributed to the writing of the film.

An original music score for the production was composed by Sam Clarke, who’s also active in organising and carrying out actions with Extinction Rebellion. Clarke was one of the arrestees for the action at Josh Frydenberg’s electorate office in August 2021.

Brad Homewood and Tony Gleeson, the two protagonists in the film, also contributed to the overall direction of the production. Homewood is active within Extinction Rebellion (specifically Westside), among other movements, and contributes extensively towards developing the movement’s climate justice credentials. Gleeson has been active in climate activism for a number of years, is also a major contributor to Extinction Rebellion’s climate justice work and co-hosts The Sustainable Hour.

Film synopsis:

On the morning of December 13, 2021 – two staunch climate campaigners (Brad and Tony) and a group of their supporters lock on and blockade the exit to the Exxon-Mobil fuel terminal in Yarraville, Melbourne. This short documentary tells their story, why they chose to do what they did and what they hope to get out of doing this action.

Director’s statement:

Matt Hrkac is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has worked as crew for a number of Melbourne based independent productions, including ‘How Deep Is The Ocean’ (AW Pictures and Taymaynari Productions) and ‘Jett’ (Taymaynari Productions). ‘Locked On’ is Matt’s directorial debut.

 

“Through my photography covering social justice movements, I’ve always sought to both subvert expectations as well as raise awareness of important issues our society faces. “Locked On”, my debut as a director, is very much an extension of this work which both tackles the very serious issue of climate change as well as giving voice to those seeking to raise awareness and create the change needed to avert this impending threat.”

— Matt Hrkac

The film is set to be released on May 5. Like the ‘Locked On’ Facebook page.

Trailer #1 for the film, as well as a few still frames and behind-the-scenes photos, can be viewed below:

Matt Hrkac is a photographer and photojournalist based in Geelong and works across Melbourne and throughout Victoria.

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