POPULAR UNREST

By Melanie GILLIGAN

BLAZE FILMS LTD. - as PROD

Science-fiction - Completed 2010

The Spirit is controlling the human kind, but can its cruel intentions be revealed, can it be stopped?

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Science-fiction
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Melanie GILLIGAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Melanie GILLIGAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Johanna WARTIO (Blaze Films Ltd), Polly STAPLE (Chisenhale Gallery)
    • Synopsis
    • Popular Unrest, is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. Here, however, all exchange transactions and social interactions are overseen by a system called ‘the Spirit’. A rash of unexplained killings have broken out across the globe. They often take place in public but witnesses never see an assailant. Just as mysteriously, groups of unrelated people are suddenly coming together everywhere, amassing new members rapidly. Unaccountably, they feel a deep and persistent sense of connection to one another.
      The film explores a world in which the self is reduced to physical biology, directly subject to the needs of capital. Hotels offer bed-warming servants with every room, people are fined for not preventing foreseeable illness, weight watching foods eat the digester from the inside and the unemployed repay their debt to society in physical energy.
      If on the one hand this suggests the complete domination of life by exchange value, do the groupings offer a way out? And can the killings be stopped?
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