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Racer, The — Brad Day, 2019

This award-winning short follows the life of one man and his passion for motor racing all the way from when he was a young boy.

Classroom Activities

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  • Why might the filmmaker have chosen to open the film with a shot of a stormy sky?
  • Watch the first 30 seconds of the film. What changes can you notice when we shift from the present to the past?
  • Watch the sequence from 00:23 to 00:35. How does the filmmaker’s use of camera convey the boy’s energy and passion for motor racing?
  • Watch the sequence from 01:09 to 01:58. What different narrative threads do we cut between here? Why are they edited together in the way they are?
  • What do you notice about the lighting in the shots of the racer and his girlfriend? What mood does it create?
  • The final part of the film (from 02:02 to 02:38) is entirely devoted to watching the racer in his car. Why do you think the filmmaker chose to do that?


  • Do you enjoy motor racing? Why (not)? Does this film make you more interested in it? Why (not)?
  • What impact does motor racing have on the environment? Do you think motor racing can still be justified given its impact on climate change? Why (not)?
  • Motor racing is still seen as a sport for men rather than women. Why do you think this is the case? Do you think shows like ‘Top Gear’ have a part to play in this attitude?
  • The racer’s girlfriend seems to object to his pursuit of motor racing: why do you think this might be the case? Is she right to have these objections? Why (not)?



  • Write a descriptive piece or a poem conveying the excitement of driving a super car in a big race.


  • In a group, become a car and the driver. Practise moving in unison in appropriate ways.


  • Draw or make a model of your own super car.


  • The racer clearly knows from a young age that this is what he wants to do with his life. What did you want to do as a job when you were younger? Do you still want to do this? Why (not)?
  • What personal skills do you think you need to develop to pursue an ambition or career? Which of these do you already have?

Clip Details

Year of Production 2019
Genre Drama
Curriculum Areas Health and Wellbeing, Literacy and English, Technologies
Director Brad Day
Country of Origin Australia
Medium / Content Live Action, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Feelings, Relationships, Loss / Memories, Work / Ambition, Identity / Self
Clip Length 02:45
Clip Length 02:45
Age Group P5-P7, S1-S3, S4-S6