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Shock Room


In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the Holocaust, ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience. An authority figure orders you to inflict pain on another person by activating electric shocks. Most of us will obey, claimed Milgram. But will we? And were Milgram’s experiments as much art as science? Dramatising previously un-filmed versions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment, SHOCK ROOM turns a light on the dark side of human behavior and forces us to ask ourselves: what would I do?


  • Antenna International Documentary Film Festival
    "In terms of being a riveting seventy minutes that explores the dark side of human nature…Kathryn Millard’s excellent direction of dramatic re-enactments drew us into the many uncomfortable scenes that put us in the position to ponder – when would we stand up and just say NO!"
    Festival Jury
  • George Akerlof
    "Changed my fundamental view of human nature: permanently... not just a must-view; a must-view many times over."
    2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics

Festival Participation

  • Australian Writers' Guild - 2015
    Nominee AWGIES Award Documentary - Public Broadcast
  • Antenna International Documentary Film Festival (Sydney, Australia) - 2015
    Winner Festival Prize Best Australian Documentary

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