Mel de Ruyter

Mel de Ruyter is a local artist based in Launceston, Tasmania. She completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Art in 2010, majoring in Photo Media. Since graduating, Mel has had multiple solo and group exhibitions around the state. She has also worked as a graphic designer, freelance photographer/ videographer and interim gallery director at Sawtooth, a local Artist Run Initiative in Launceston.

Fifty People One Question — Launceston


About the making of 50 People 1 Question – Launceston:

After finding the 50 people and 1 question videos on YouTube, I was hooked. I think I watched almost every one of the films because it was interesting in seeing people from all over the world react to these unusually deep questions.

I then decided to give one of these videos a go for myself and see what we would get. So I got in contact with Mel and together we planned it out. We then went into the city and just started asking, “What’s your happiest memory?”

The video is my first major project and I am quite happy with the results. I looking forward to making more videos showcasing what Tasmanians have to offer.


About the Fifty People One Question Project at

Fifty People One Question is an ongoing social experiment and film series exploring human connections through people and place. The project began in New Orleans in 2008 and has since traveled across the globe, touching millions of viewers. Along the way, the films have captured a small slice of humanity; to discover dreams, losses, reflections, stories and secrets, some shared and some completely unrepeatable.

Remarkable individuals have shared countless responses to the films’ questions, both through the lens and in written form. This website has captured written responses from over 1,000 cities worldwide. Everyone is invited to see, hear, and explore our deepest human connections. And please, share your response to these simple, timeless questions.

So go ahead, ask yourself…

Original Project Credits

Fifty People One Question created by Benjamin Reece of Deltree and Nathan Heleine of Crush + Lovely. The original film was produced in New Orleans, LA by Benjamin Reece and Tung Bach Ly. Ongoing production is supported by a partnership between Crush + Lovely and Deltree, and through additional sponsors and partners.

For additional questions of your own, feedback, suggestions, partnership opportunities and random love, please contact the producers via email: