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No New Normal: Alt Worlds

22-28 March


GSFF 2021 Online

This programme is available on demand for the duration of the festival.

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No New Normal is a three-part strand addressing the last twelve months’ reflections and realities about labour, working conditions, care, surveillance, control, and the potential of other worlds.

In Alt Worlds we modestly deal with our desires to escape, offering reimaginings of and speculations on a future earth and other worlds; from the romantic Vonnegut inversion of Jacqueline Lentzou’s The End of Suffering to the Shabazz Palaces-scored Afrofuturism of Kordae Jatafa Henry’s Earth Mother, Sky Father. Find an amusing alien excursion told through collage animation, as well as a sci-fi love triangle musical by GSFF favourite Jennifer Reeder; and, in a centrepiece that proved essential to the shaping of the No New Normal strand, Graeme Arnfield’s The Phantom Menace is an ambitious, experimental speculative climate fiction largely constructed from computer-generated visuals.

Earth Mother, Sky Father

The Congo: 2030. The Central African nation is no longer shipping its rare earth minerals out to sea.

The Phantom Menace

Welcome to the age of cosmic radiation! A techno-driven stroboscopic climate fiction film.

Zorg II

​An alien travels to Earth in hopes of starring in a sci-fi blockbuster


Set in an alternative history, a Buddhist monk channels memories and blessings from prayers during Vesak, the biggest Techno-Buddhism Festival.

The End of Suffering (a proposal)

Sofia is panicky, again. The Universe decides to contact her.

I Like Tomorrow

A lonely astronaut works out a love triangle between her past, present and future self.

  • Duration 1h40m
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