Y is a young non-binary person apparently being preserved in depthless, virtual white space. Frank is an ageing man who monitors them from another room, which is dark and overgrown with dusty, analogue technologies, such as the close-circuit television system through which Frank and Y communicate.
We have already filmed the dream sequences, and made this short mock-up of how they might look in the film: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/530546367/dd84c8a413
Project Type:Screenplay, Short Script, Stage Play, Other
Genres:Sci-Fi, Art House, Romance, Dark Comedy, Beckettian Sci-Fi, Kitchen Sink Sci-Fi, Contemplative Cinema, Psychological Horror
Number of Pages:18
Seventeen and Lucy for the last five years have channeled their shared social and philosophical beliefs into a number of low-budget and highly ambitious ‘film poems’. They filmed their untitled debut work together in 2016, and since then have collaborated on several shorts including Looking for Albion (2018), Seventeen's Goldsmiths degree show work which received first-class honours. They are currently working on the post-production of Alien Intimacy, an ambitious feature which they produced with €11,000, assembling and coordinating a large crew in Belgrade, Serbia. The film was shot in Novi Bioskop Zvezda, an old cinema that Seventeen and Lucy help run. They enjoy helping cultivate the stories of people on the fringes of society and finding new ways of telling them. In all their projects they have sought to push themselves and the potential of the work.
Seventeen is an artist and filmmaker working between London, Belgrade, and Athens. Seventeen is interested in the mercurial space where reality and fiction meet. They are from a multidisciplinary, conceptual fine art background, and have exhibited internationally, though have moved deeper into cinema. They are a member of the performance collective Young Boy Dancing Group with whom they produce and direct films. Seventeen works as a director and DOP for Foreign Body Productions and has worked as a mentor for The Albany Theatre’s community outreach program Open Source Collaborations, supervising amateur scripts and coaching the production of short films. They have directed various music videos, ads and short films, and have written and directed THERE (2020), One Night on Saturn (2019) and Looking for Albion (2018).
Lucy is a writer and researcher in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Selected essays include ‘The Texture of Silence’ (2021); ‘The Anti-Nomadic Technique’ (2021); ‘The Sublimation of the City’ (2020); ‘Human Remains: Abjection as Protest, as Art’ (2021); ‘Of Burial and Other Worlds’ (2020). He is a published poet, having had his work included Mass magazine, fieldnotes, Slub Press and Ново Доба. He teaches a screenwriting course with the community outreach program Creative Sparkworks. Alongside his writing work, Lucy acts and has starred in many of R Seventeen's films, as well playing Puck in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (2004). Lucy is interested in aesthetic and political philosophy.
This work reflects on an era marked by illness and isolation, bringing together a number of objects and experiences that will be familiar to everyone who has lived through what we all lived through in the course of this pandemic; medical apparatuses, breathing technologies, surgical gowns, bright white lights, white walls and the smell of hospitals they provoke, screens, the disembodied voices of loved ones or those voices tethered to images of loved ones disappearing into crackle and glitches, empty cities and strange dreams. We also want to represent the timely experience of inhabiting closed space for a protracted period of time, or for a period seemingly without time. Y is unable to leave their space because they are sick, and Frank is barely able to leave his for the same reason; they become deeply absorbed in every nook and cranny of their monotonous surroundings. We hope that by utilizing close-ups that carefully examine the texture of every detail, and of the minute movements of expressionless faces - as well as the way that the characters voices drift in and out of each others spaces - we can produce something that resonates with audiences who have experienced similar disorientation in overly familiar space.
We hope this work will help bring catharsis for people who have lost or haven't been able to be with their loved ones. It's important that this work is done soon, so as to be part of the healing process which we are all undergoing and in need of in the wake of COVID-19.
We shot the dream sequences in Venice in March of last year. In the ensuing isolation, this script was assembled. At the time when we weren't allowed to be with our loved ones, there was a dad in an ICU who didn't make it. There is no doubt that this situation, which has been experienced by so many, generated interest in questions of intimacy, non/contact and closure.