SOUND ART TRIENNIAL
8th, 9th, 10th February 2018 – Electrowerkz, London
OF MIRTH AND MISERY
(UK) ➣ Video / Installation
Mirth and Misery is a film production company born out of the desire to produce provocative ‘art-house’ films with commercial appeal.
Tom Metcalfe studied Film Directing at EICAR – the International Film School of Paris. John Rowley studied Film Production Technology at the University of Staffordshire before working as a cinematographer in film and television.
Over the past decade, they have directed and produced numerous projects together. Their last feature film – ‘The Wick. Dispatches from the Isle of Wonder’ was released through Indieflix to excellent reviews.
“... a reminder that film can be done differently” – David Ollerton, London Film Review.
“Thrillingly unique. The sort of movie that demands someone throw a pile of money at its directors to see what they can do on an actual budget” – Jordan Ferguson, Next Projection.
‘Of Mirth and Misery’ is a feature-length film, set for production in 2018. An absurdist pitch-black tragicomedy that takes a surreal, satirical swipe at society and the human condition.
A librarian is forced to embark upon a nightmarish odyssey to prove he exists when he is mistakenly declared dead by his bank.
Balthazar Bardo inhabits a surreal, Kafkaesque world in which elusive powers determine and yet simultaneously oppose him at every step. Influenced by Film Noir and German Expressionism, this monochrome purgatory is brought to life using a highly stylised aesthetic.
As well as being a vividly rendered, darkly humorous film that touches on topical issues, such as the continuing closure of our nation’s libraries, and the chronic recklessness and unchecked greed of the City’s bankers, the story also has universally applicable themes; such as the way in which our progress in life is impeded or aided by official decisions made for apparently random reasons by pen-pushers we never even meet.
This post-humorous tragedy is a highly ambitious project presented in a distinct and utterly original manner.
These are artists who want to push you as a listener, viewer, toucher, taster. They feel the competing powers that define human and inhuman experience and press this open the audience. This is work that requires the presence of the artist and the engagement – sometimes submission – of the public. Your senses will thank you for the embrace that is DELIQUIUM.
Alexei Monroe | Sound Theorist