This short film is a satirical thriller, which aims to satirize the social wrongness of the growing disparity between Arts and STEM, that the various values are being held unfairly by the UK government and societies. I critique the contemporary taste binaries of STEM subjects are of higher cultural capital and governmental interests than the Arts. I targeted and attacked the UK government’s obvious financial preference for STEM subjects over Arts subjects with the application of some non-essential techniques of satire. The film also generally satirizes discussions around the topic of university life, such as the balance between binge-drinking culture and the prioritizing of education on university campuses, and over-dramatizes the politically-charged rivalry between students of STEM subjects and those of the Arts, with the attempt of the latter to achieve legitimacy by displaying it as a mob war between the two ways of learning. It is also my aim that the satire shows a willing awareness of the subject of ‘university’. The film deals with issues of cultural legitimacy by honing in on the behavior of the students. The process of being a millennial university student, this film argues, represents a continuing search for legitimacy and approval in a world of existing cultural values. “The Bunny” aims to confront anxieties experienced by students about how they choose to spend their limited time at university – whether to see it as a social or an educational opportunity, as mirrored by the struggle throughout the film.
Directed by Ruochen Zhao (UK)