3 items from 2017
Joe Martin’s Us And Them is less a dangerous class-warfare battle and more a steamy soapbox rant. It’s positioned as “a deadly game of chance,” but don’t expect some Saw-like torture chamber. Anti-establishment angst fuels a fire that rages in the name of social responsibility, through tirades that attack fat-cat bankers who “don’t understand” a working man’s struggle. You can see where Martin draws influence from Guy Ritchie (narrative choices) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, yet Us And Them‘s bark is worse than its bite. This is a human story about people who look for answers in all the wrong places, and the chaos that ensues. Blowhard, ill-conceived chaos that goes up or down in flames, depending on your personal outlook.
Jack Roth stars as an underprivileged youth named Danny. For years he’s squeaked by with minimal compensation, stuck in an economic »
- Matt Donato
Directed by Andrew Tiernan.
A documentary film-maker suspects she is being brainwashed by a secret government organisation.
Set in a not-so-distant, not-so-unrecognisable dystopian future, Andrew Tiernan’s faux surrealist documentary makes the case that conspiracy theorists were right all along, and the government really is trying to brainwash us.
UK18 follows Eloise, a Scottish documentary-maker living in an outer-inner-city suburb (probably London), as she films, compiles and edits a documentary on mysterious RFIDs, which are tiny government-issued chips designed to improve the lifestyle and wellbeing of the general population: from cashless transactions to the early detection and elimination of diseases like Alzheimer’s. What Eloise finds is that RFIDs are actually a method of population control, with criminals and the disabled mysteriously disappearing after being forced to take part in Rfid trials. In alternative »
- Kirsty Capes
Keeps on Burning Films has released a poster and trailer for its low-budget independent dystopian thriller UK18, which is directed by Andrew Tiernan and features a cast that includes Shona McWilliams, Ian Hart, Jean-Marc Barr, Jack Roth, Tim Bentinck, The Artist Taxi Driver and Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods. Check them out here…
UK18 is about Eloise (Shona McWilliams), a documentary film-maker, who starts to suspect that she is being brainwashed by a secret Government Organisation. The film is set in 2018, neoliberalism has turned into neofascism and the Government has implemented a compulsory Rfid chip program for every citizen of the UK.
UK18 is available to stream now on Amazon Prime. »
- Gary Collinson
3 items from 2017
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