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Considering the tiny apartments packed with bunk beds in densely packed neighbourhoods, what kind of mobility was there before the pandemic? In an illuminating meeting between John and an old friend, they discuss Hong Kong’s “infection mentality” and pose Hong Kong as a city whose decision to “self-isolate” and withdraw to the margins began long before the pandemic. We meet John, who sits in a 24-hour McDonald’s in the Hong Kong suburb of Sai Kung, sipping warm water and ruminating on the state of the city. It tells the story what we all here in Melbourne went through during the COVID lockdowns, back in the early days of the pandemic. Years from now, perhaps someone will study the psychology of living through a pandemic and the various coping mechanisms we turn to.

Please be aware that different computers produce colours differently so colours may look different on your actual print to how they appear on your screen. Lahore, Pakistan: Lakir Art GalleryEvent: Lockdown Lovers, Lakir, 108 A Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan. Can these two perfect strangest survive a month together or will their differences drive them apart?As John reflects: “the old form of writing has almost been forgotten”, and in this new world, O’Sullivan guides us to ask questions we hadn’t before. Pushed to the limits of their endurance in lockdown and then quarantine conditions, John Ryan, a Hong Kong academic, and Phoebe Ho, a Hong Kong district councilor, decide to break the rules of their quarantine and rediscover what has been denied them for too long - impassioned human contact. The Green Transition Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team. As John traverses the city and feels the splashes of street disinfectant on his bare calves, we’re reminded that for many, it wasn’t the virus itself that left us weakened and exhausted, but the clean-up operation, the nose swabs and restrictions. Lockdown Lovers is available to watch on Vimeo OnDemand and will be launching on streaming service Tubi later in the year.

As councillor Phoebe puts it: it is “a fight to cherish the individuality they’re asking us to mask”. Couples will maybe get a shock to their system after they realise that person isn’t the same, because they probably won’t be exactly the same. Will these two strangers drive each other crazy during lockdown, or find themselves falling in love? I think it takes a year or two, and in lockdown you don’t really know that person in multiple contexts: what they’re like their friends; when they are working in the office; when they are being sociable.In an illuminating metaphor he asks: “was there some kind of invisible connection that hung in the air between people at such times?

In Part II, John, Phoebe and Kwok-ying have all had to go into quarantine as they have picked up the virus. Most of the story consists of these ruminations, and they are interesting because we’ve all had them.I’m also certain that years from now, we will have a wide selection of novels and films set during our pandemic, one we will continue to live through until the world is vaccinated. The slow lowering of the face masks … to reveal the cheeks, the nose, the lips, then the outline of the chin, the way the chin recedes to the neck, the jawline. This is the first time I've created content for a non-traditional broadcast model and it was extremely liberating!

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