#IrishFilm: New Irish short sci-fi film predicts outcome of US election
This weekend (as part of the Tulca Art Festival Galway, Ireland) artists Loitering Theatre filmed anti-war activist Margaretta D‚ÄôArcy in the moments shortly after her spaceship‚Äôs emergency crash landing on Silverstrand beach in the West of Ireland.
D‚ÄôArcy had been travelling into the future on a mission to ascertain the results of the forthcoming U.S. election, when the time calibration failed on her ship.
In a scene eerily reminiscent of the final scene in 1968 sci-fi blockbuster Planet of the Apes, D‚ÄôArcy disembarked from her spaceship to find herself in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. While D‚ÄôArcy looked on at the giant half-buried remains of the Statue of Liberty in the sand, other Irish citizens seemed oblivious as they continued to walk dogs and play with their children on the beach.
Margaretta D‚ÄôArcy is an Irish actress, writer, playwright, and peace-activist. Margaretta is a member of honorary Irish arts body Aosdana and is known for addressing Irish nationalism, civil liberties and women‚Äôs rights in her work. In 2014, she was imprisoned after she refused to sign a bond saying that she wouldn’t trespass on non-public parts of Shannon Airport in Ireland. Her arrest was a consequence of trespassing on airport property during protests over United States military stopovers at Shannon Airport.
Loitering Theatre are Dublin and London based artists Caroline Campbell & Nina McGowan (here in collaboration with John Buckley and composer Philip Stewart). Loitering Theatre‚Äôs previous work has received mention by the New York Times, Vice Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired Magazine and Irish media both on and offline. It has also been covered by hacker group Anonymous and been the subject of censorship by the Irish police.
The Tulca Festival of Visual Arts takes place in Galway until November 20th. For more info check out their website, Facebook, and/or Twitter.