In the confines of a London dinner party, Tim Minchin does verbal battle with a new-age guest named Storm.


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Tim Minchin and his wife arrive at a dinner party in a North London flat hosted by a doctor friend and his actress wife. The fifth guest is a new-age advocate of all things 'alternative', as Tim soon discovers, and he can't help but challenge her attacks on science and rationalism. As manners and etiquette go out of the window, Storm and Tim do verbal battle on subjects such as psychics, medicine, religion and the meaning of life. Written by Tracy King

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8 April 2011 (UK)  »

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£10,000 (estimated)

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The only "real doctor" associated with the animated short is the musician and sound engineer Dr. Milton Mermikides - who was brought to the team not only for his musical talents, but because he was also a leukemia survivor. Due to the tight movie release schedule, both he and his wife Bridget's surnames were misspelled in the film credits as 'Mermikedes', much to their chagrin. See more »

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The Problem With Beiing Clever Is You Often Look Dumb
30 August 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A man and his wife attended a dinner party and are introduced to a young female dinner guest called Storm who believes modern day medicine is in fact a myth and that alternative medicines are far more healthy and effective

This is an animated short film that has Tim Minchin narrating the on screen action as a poem . What made me seek out this short was that it has a " Thanks to Rebecca Watson " credit . Rebecca Watson if you didn't know is someone who has recently been hijacking the new atheist movement with her barely disguised agenda of feminism . It's not the feminism that condemns the violent misogynistic physical attacks on women in the third world but more to do with the misogynistic attitude of speaking to women in elevators and if you look up " Rebecca Watson Elevatorgate " you get a whole new meaning to storm in a tea cup . Watson has also been very critical of Bill Maher's very public statement that he doesn't believe in the benefits of modern day medicine . Hmmmm . Can you see what the agenda of this animated short might be

My own scientific credentials begin and end with O grade biology so I'm not a scientist by trade and STORM points out that because of modern day medicine human beings live twice as long as they did in the long distant past , but is this simply down to medicine ? I've also got O grade history and do remember reading that at the start of the industrial revolution some parts of Britain saw an average life expectancy of seventeen years old . This doesn't mean that if you were twenty years old you had white hair and walked with a cane it meant that many many people died before they reached their fifth birthday . The reason so many people died back then is because they didn't have access to clean water and medicine had nothing to do with it .People also tend to live longer in 2013 because less people smoke and doctors and the scientific community now believe that the average human life span will now actually decrease because of morbid obesity in the Western world . Science can point out that smokers and the obese live shorter lives and medicine can't save people from themselves , at the end of the day if you're killing yourself through your own life style there's little medicine can do for you

This is a pity that medicine and science are used euphemistically in this context because it is a striking short film and when ever I watch a short film I often wonder how the makers are going to do something out of the ordinary and STORM is an extraordinary short film . The animation is good , the rhythmic poetry is good but because the short is giving out a message that is inaccurate then it fails on that score

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