Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Short Film: Robots of Brixton

Robots are rioting on the streets of south London in this movie by architecture graduate Kibwe Tavares of Factory Fifteen. The movie mixes animation with architectural drawing, overlaid with photographs from the Brixton riots of the early 1980s. In the film, Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London's new robot workforce - robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline. The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

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