Gamma Short Film. Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls, Kibwe Tavares‘ Gamma (2012) short film stars Martin Ashley Jones, George Macpherson, Bryan Allen, Andrea Bagnato, and Chris Hatherill. Gamma‘s plot synopsis: “In a post-nuclear future, when the earth is riddled with radiation, a new urban developer proposes to regenerate the cities back into civilisation. GAMMA sets out to stabilise the atomic mistakes of yesteryear for the re-inhabitation of future generations. Using its patented ‘Nuke-Root’ technology; part fungi, part mollusc, GAMMA intends to soak up the radiation and remove it from the irradiated cities, rebuilding them in the process.
Setting out from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, GAMMA launches its RIG_01 BETA and heads east to the iconic disaster sites of 1980’s USSR. The film follows a group of researchers investigating GAMMA’s practice from launch to deployment. Moving through a trail of unsuccessful ships across the desert, we follow the researchers from Aralsk’s littered sea bed east to the Ukraine.
GAMMA begins its quest of nuclear stability in the Ukraine; Pripyat is used as a test bed for the deployment of GAMMA’s patented ‘Nuke-root’ organisms. Intended to soak up the radiation, the roots infiltrate the ground and built structures to absorb the ‘nuclear nasty’s’. As with many urban developers, GAMMA’s execution is cheap and ineffective. The city is in turn rendered more radioactive, broken and uninhabitable than before, only now with an outbreak of growing ‘Nuke-roots’. The film follows the researchers through the ruins of the 70’s utopia, moving across a whole city that consists solely of desolation and total abandon, the researchers witness the aftermath of GAMMA’s almighty cock-up.”
More on Gamma:
Martin Ashley Jones
The Unknown Fields Division 2011
Monologue written by Courttia Newland
D.O.P: Jonathan Gales
Advert written by Chris Lees
Advert Voice over: George Macpherson
Sound Design: Tom Hobson
End track: Worriedaboutsatan ‘Heart Monitor’ – Her.Eyes.Like.Static remix
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