A film about screen culture and its implications. While the world burns, where are we?


We live in a world of screens. The average adult spends the majority of their waking hours in front of some sort of screen or device. We’re enthralled, we’re addicted to these machines. How did we get here? Who benefits? What are the cumulative impacts on people, society and the environment? What may come next if this culture is left unchecked, to its end trajectory, and is that what we want?

Stare Into The Lights My Pretties investigates these questions with an urge to return to the real physical world, to form a critical view of technological escalation driven by rapacious and pervasive corporate interest. Covering themes of addiction, privacy, surveillance, information manipulation, behaviour modification and social control, the film lays the foundations as to why we may feel like we’re sleeprunning into some dystopian nightmare with the machines at the helm. Because we are, if we don’t seriously avert our eyes to stop this culture from destroying what is left of the real world.


This independent film was made with no budget (adding to its authenticity) with no affiliations, is not-for-profit, and is released to the world for free for the purposes of critical discourse, education, and for cultivating radical social and political change. It is the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of work in research, creation and production, with the aim of catalysing a much-needed critical response to the unquestioned technoculture.


About the Director

Jordan Brown is an award-winning independent film-maker, whose work focuses on the interface between the dominant culture of globalisation and the real impact on people, society and the environment. His debut feature-length documentary, Stare Into The Lights My Pretties, showcases his skill for technical production, with a passion for deep and meaningful artistry with a purpose. Acting with independence, his projects remain self-funded and autonomous, adding to their authenticity, keeping them fierce and efficacious. Jordan has won many awards and industry accolades for his work, including the 2018 Edward Snowden Award, the 2017 Change Maker Award (NIFF), and the 2016 Honorary Award of the Ministry of Justice (Slovakia). He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

A portfolio of his work can be found at jore.cc.