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Lockdown Lovers

Lockdown Lovers

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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. With thousands of its brothers and sisters being slaughtered, mutilated, and tortured every day in this corner of the Southern Hubei forests, it found itself distressed. A few weeks of lockdown turned into a few months, and quickly it felt like their relationship had switched up several gears. Nifty use of old school samples, tight drums and insistent basslines are the signature moves on this release.

His poetry and essays appear in Times Higher Education, Voice and Verse, Asian Cha and PEN Hong's Kong's recent Hong Kong 20/20. In an illuminating metaphor he asks: “was there some kind of invisible connection that hung in the air between people at such times?Lilydale Films has proven their own track record and fan base loyalty through previous feature films, Afterschool and The Sleepover.

As a reader, it felt good to laugh about these shared experiences and to know that it’s all right and even normal to be anti-social these days. 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. He spends the early days of the pandemic in a 24-hour McDonald’s in Sai Kung while his wife Sue is home with their sickly baby son, Sam. We were comfortable letting off steam with each other and then disappearing from each other’s lives, no questions asked, sometimes for years on end. The other characters in the story do not play as prominent a role as John and Phoebe, but still add to the atmosphere of the pandemic.

I thought it was quite odd; I had this moment when I realised I was three months into living with my partner and I’ve never said I love you. Always delivered with a cheeky grin and a thunderous onstage energy, his eclectic sets have torn the roof off nightclubs and festival stages across the globe.

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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. Their reaction is almost comical because we have all probably been in this place sometime during the last year and a half. This Hong Kong McDonald’s, then, is the epitome of “glocal”: a faceless, global corporation and yet undeniably Hong Kong. The strategy of building a strong fan-base, interacting with them online and building a tribe, and then capitalising through spin-off series, uncut and extended editions and/or films has proven successful for previous hit LGBT content, such as Canada’s Carmilla and Australian web-series Starting From…Now, which was picked up by SBS after three successful seasons online. John Mandel’s Station Eleven some years earlier and couldn’t wrap my imagination around the post-pandemic sections of the book.

Lahore, Pakistan: Lakir Art GalleryEvent: Lockdown Lovers, Lakir, 108 A Block, Faisal Town, Lahore, Pakistan. In Part I, set in Hong Kong and China, forty-something academic John Ryan goes to the local 24/7 McDonalds every day to record events around him. The virus provides a pathogen that can be named and resisted, solutions that can be purchased and hoarded: the trolleys “full of sanitary towels” and “alcohol disinfectant”.

It tells the story what we all here in Melbourne went through during the COVID lockdowns, back in the early days of the pandemic. Can these two perfect strangest survive a month together or will their differences drive them apart? It is this tension between becoming “faceless” ( dismembered) and seen ( re-membered) that drives the novel. While the facemasks make people “indistinguishable”, O’Sullivan’s characters remain intensely unique, enduring their own manifestation of vulnerability and loneliness. Hong Kong is suddenly governed by “news reports” and the whims of corporations, and for the individual, even phrases the “living room … take on new meaning now”.

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