Work Hard Play Hard (2012)
by Marcel Wyss

One of them quit coke only after he had looked death in the face. The other thinks he can control his consumption and wants to keep taking coke – up until his dying day if possible.

«WORK HARD PLAY HARD» tells the story of two coke addicts. Two men who couldn’t be anymore different: A restless yuppie and a jaded clown. But all are equal before the white powder. Coke has become the people’s drug. During the last decade it has started its frighteningly successful triumphal march through Western performance society.

Documentary author Marcel Wyss visualises what coke does to people. He manages to do so without judging. He shows both the seductive and the fatal aspects of the drug. This milieu survey boldly blurs the boundaries between documentary and animation film: 14’000 frames become elaborate hand-crafted illustrations in order to make the protagonists unrecognisable. A provoking film that will become subject of controversial public discussion.

Directed by Marcel Wyss
Written by Marcel Wyss
World Premiere April 2012
Original Version Swiss-German
ISAN 0000-0002-E9EA-0000-0-0000-0000-3
Production Lomotion AG
Producer Louis Mataré
Cinematography Dominik Gehring, Tobias Kaufmann, Marcel Wyss
Editing Marcel Wyss, David Fonjallaz
Location Sound Mix Janosch Röthlisberger, Marcel Wyss
Sound Editing Marcel Wyss
Sound Design Peter Von Siebenthal
Rerecording Sound Mix Peter Von Siebenthal
Music Niklaus Hürny, Fabian M. Mueller, Alexandre Maurer, Don Li
Animation Rodja Galli, Pinto Galli, Rahel Soumaya Mekni, Yannick Mosimann
Compositing Jonas Moser
Characters by Rodja Galli
Techniques Zeichenanimation
Technical Information
Picture Format Colour
Shooting Format XDCAM HD / DSLR HD
Exhibition Format HDCAM, 40 min.
World Sales / World Rights
World Rights Lomotion AG
Worldwide Distribution
Distribution Switzerland Lomotion AG


  • Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH), 04/2012
  • Open Cinema, St. Petersburg (RU), 07/2012
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei (TW), 10/2012
  • Solothurner Filmtage, Solothurn (CH), 01/2013

With financial support of