September 2, 2019

What meaning is there in the face of absurdity?

Ivy Pottinger-Glass, 21 | Matt Gibb, 21

The Myth of Sisyphus is inspired by Albert Camus’ work of the same title, in which he explores the futility of life through an analogy inspired by the Greek myth of Sisyphus. This myth is the basis for the storyline that runs throughout the film, in which Sisyphus carries a television to the summit of a tower each day. He is presented with a series of vignettes which depict a number of characters linked by their search for meaning in the face of the absurd.

In a world in which the futility of existence can be overwhelming, this film provides an interpretation of Camus’ exegesis. Each of the vignettes within the film touch upon ideas within Camus’ essay, all of which he disregards in some way as unsuitable means to combat futility. Despite it all, Camus proffered that at the end of the day one must imagine Sisyphus happy, and thus we aimed to explore this idea of contentment – or at least acceptance – in the face of futility through our film.

The Myth of Sisyphus, 2019Video