Short Film: Status

 

Status is one of my favorite short films in the past few years. In this sci-fi thriller, writer and director Richard Williamson does an amazing job capturing the dreadful consequences from the evolution of social media and the pitfalls that come with our interactions. The parallels to how we live our lives in 2015 are accurate.  Even more, some would say startling, is how close to reality this short actually is. I’m not talking about the world burning, but metaphorically, Williamson has a point.

The short also has solid performances by James Ballard (Jason) and Ellen Grimshaw (Emily).

Status will give you something to thing about next time you log in to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr…

Check out the official synopsis and film below.

2018. The world is changing. Social networking sprawls far beyond desktop computers and iPhones. “Welcome to Statlink.” Live connected 24/7 through microchips inserted directly into your scull and veins. Ultimate connection is yours. It is only a thought away.

New years eve sees Statlink change. The voices in your head are beginning to blur. Are they your
thoughts? Are they mine? The system is failing. Or is it your desire it should evolve? A hunger within you grows stronger. We march as one towards a single identity.

Duality emerges. Users stand glowing in the sun while the old world screams caution from the dark.

Jason beholds a world in flux and sees his girlfriend leaving our shores. He fights to save her as the streets erupt into chaos and fire.

Welcome to a new world.

Welcome to connection as you have never known.

Welcome to the evolution of social networking.

Warning: This video does contain a sexuality and language. 

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