Obsolescence

The 'Scribble Screens' series represents Na'el's efforts to engage with a variety of emotive, thought-provoking and challenging topics using a unique fusion of moving images, cutting edge animation and digital sketches.

Contemplating the ravages of age, his latest work, Obsolescence, examines the perfunctory roll ascribed to the elderly in a culture enthralled by the allure of youth and incessant, rapid change. Whether propped up in bed or confined to a wheelchair, the subject of this disquieting portrait is forced to accept his position as a passive observer within his own life. Following the subject as he observes the retiring of an ailing yacht – the confinement and cumbersome transportation of a vessel once able to travel swiftly and freely without restraint – we are forced to appreciate his uncomfortable predicament.

Bleached of colour and seemingly unravelling by the frame, this absorbing short challenges the viewer not only to imagine the circumstances faced by our society's existing senior citizens; but to consider a likely personal future that each of us would rather not have to confront.

  • Shahrokh Nael
    Director
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  • Shahrokh Nael
    Writer
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  • Shahrokh Nael
    Producer
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  • Ron Hodgson senior
    Key Cast
    Old Man on a wheel chair
  • Paula Hodgson
    Key Cast
    Daughter
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • LABF Festival 2017
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 12, 2016
    UK
    Official Selection
  • HOME Manchester
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    September 25, 2015
    UK
    Official Selection
Director - Shahrokh Nael