LATE AT NIGHT
VOICES OF ORDINARY MADNESS
Introduced by a Warhol-esque newsreader, “Late at Night” presents the voices of a number of Londoners - street gangsters, beggars, working class heroes, bankers and preachers, most of them excluded from the society and the area they live in, the newly gentrified London East End. Their anguished words build a network of responses to the hyper capitalist world we live in.
George Orwell wrote : “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” This film essay relentlessly focuses on Britain’s mean streets and its dwellers, each fighting their ground in their own way. The filmmaker uses quotes, archives and media materials to construct an image of today’s Britain and leads us to question our future under the institutional madness of global capitalism.
This film is the second part of Xiaolu Guo’s “Tomorrow” trilogy, continued after her documentary “Once Upon A Time Proletarian” on Post-Mao era China (Venice & Toronto official selection 2009). This time her camera turns from East to West, and examines further our collective anxiety in the post-industrial age.
Writer / Director / Camera : Xiaolu Guo
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