In an effort to support his family, a man takes a job as a live-in servant, only to enter a psychological maze.
“Imagine shouting into an empty well, and not even having an echo”
Planet Earth is dying. In the fallout of a catastrophic nuclear war, the few remaining survivors float aimlessly above the planet in individual escape pods, looking down helplessly as nuclear gas clouds dissolve the few remaining areas of land mass. One of these survivors, Mandy Sweats, has lost contact with the other survivors – and their only salvation seems to be a mysterious frequency, beaming in from a place way out in the cosmos. But the frequency seems to have insidious intentions…
Frequency From Deep Space is the 4th short film from ‘drag thing’ Mandy Sweats. Drawing inspiration from the surreal horror of JG Ballard and the camp silliness of 70’s Doctor Who, it deals with the gnawing desperation of isolation by dragging it to its most frightening conclusion.
Made entirely by the artist.
“So why don’t you just open the door and come out?”
Mandy has been sitting in their boiler closet for a rather long time. The pipes are blisteirng hot, the dust is making their eyes water and they haven’t been on a date in months. And still, they sit. What – or who – could be stopping them from leaving? Sometimes, our mechanisms for self-preservation can be dangerously insidious.
Keeping Watch is the third short film by drag and performance artist Mandy Sweats. Inspired by abusrdist theatre from the likes of Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, it is a sombre, scary and yet ultimately uplifting depiction of stagnation, resistance and growth.
Created entirley by the artist. Camera used is the Sony A6000.