Do you ever feel ridiculous as you look around the bus to see all your fellow traveller’s heads bent down with eyes fixed on their small screens. I do. Or do you ever miss real communication with people instead of the endless texts? Yep.
Written, directed and produced by Michael Henry, MUTE, is what happens when this behaviour is taken to an extreme; when only the privileged are allowed to speak. As the title suggests, the totalitarian town, a form of autocracy in which the state has total control over its citizens, is very quiet, except for the tapping of fingers on screens as people have virtual conversations. Forced into silence by the threat of punishment or death from the dominating Spectrum Business Group, people live in constant fear. Despite this, some of them are going underground to avoid this repression, remembering a time when it was possible to talk and rediscovering their voices.
A mixture of tragedy, sadness and humour, which at times had me thinking of David Brent at The Office, MUTE provides an interesting perspective on the current problem of the monitoring of private electronic devices and who has the right to access them. I learnt today that unless we turn a specific switch to off, Google is listening to our conversations in order to ascertain the type of advertising they’ll send our way…
Michael Henry has managed to present these real issues in a poignant way.
Have a look at www.quandaryproductions.com for your copy of MUTE.
Based in Lincoln, and founded in 2009, Quandary Productions was founded by Michael Henry, with the goal to make short and feature films, as well as encouraging aspiring filmmakers/actors/musicians/comedians and artists to push forward with their own work.
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