Make your decisions wisely

If you’ve caught and enjoyed Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the 2018 interactive film in the science fiction anthology series, here’s another exciting and immersive flick to check out.

A collaborative effort between the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) and award-winning local filmmaker Royston Tan, High is Singapore’s first interactive short film that’s also part of the council’s 2020 campaign in the fight against illegal drug usage.

Hosted on a microsite, High is available for all to watch freely. The plot follows a young man named Nick, who’s introduced to a life of drugs and partying through a woman he meets on a dating app. But here’s where the film gets interesting. High actually allows viewers to make choices on behalf of the protagonist to uncover alternate endings and possibilities within the storyline, and highlights the importance of making informed decisions. The decision making processes are also seamless and straightforward, which enhances the cinematography of the film too.

While it definitely doesn’t condone the use of narcotics, High does not shy away from spotlighting the highs and lows of drug abuse. Which is what makes the film captivating, instead of a thinly veiled attempt to scare folks away from illegal substances.

So go ahead and add this film to your to-watch list. With all the ongoing stay home guidelines thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is one you can watch time and again, thanks to its many alternative outcomes.


High will run for a year at high.sg.