Acclaimed music video directors Shynola step into the narrative film world with their new science fiction short Dr Easy
, and it promises great things to come from the collective in the future.
Produced by Warp Films, Dr Easy
was a selection of the Edinburgh International Film Festival - where it premiered yesterday - is based on a small, early fragment of Matthew De Abaitua's novel The Red Men
. Yes, it's meant to prove that they've got what it takes to make a full feature of the book and, yes, it succeeds admirably in doing exactly that.
Starring Tom Hollander alongside Dr. Easy, a medical robot voiced by Geraldine James, the short is adapted from Matthew De Abaitua's novel The Red Men, set against a pervasive and Orwellian vision of contemporary society: surveillance, automation, biotechnology, and their implications for our humanity. The film has been written and directed by Jason Groves, Chris Harding and Richard Kenworthy (Shynola).
Michael (Tom Hollander) is a broken man with a gun, surrounded by armed police. A robot with a medical degree is dispatched - but can it save him?
The producers are wasting no time whatsoever in getting Dr Easy
out to the public, releasing it online less than a day after the public premiere in Edinburgh. Take a look below for a taste - and, having read the book, I feel it's fair to say a small
taste - of what is coming.
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