TEARS IN THE RAIN, directed by Christopher Harvey, is an eleven minutes fan-fiction short film coming out of South Africa, that is inspired by the works of Philip K Dicks’ novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As well as the motion picture Blade Runner. Our hero is met unexpectedly at a restaurant to be terminated by an insurance worker. But while the irreversible termination takes place our hero frantically tries to reason with his assailant that there has been a terrible mistake- he is not, in fact, a machine, but a real person. The back-and-forth continues, scratching the surface of morality, philosophy, technology and our transhuman future. But when the end finally comes, our insurance villain realizes that he may have actually terminated not something- but someone.
A love letter that pays homage to some of the great creative media works of our age, TEARS IN THE RAIN does justice to the fiction is draws its inspiration from. Excellently cast, brilliantly acted and incredibly powerful (although surprisingly simple) this is a film that reminds us that we do not need million-dollar special effects to create a story with edge-of-your-seat intensity. Well done, Christopher Harvey, well done.
Review by Kierston Drier
Film played at the 2018 FANTASY/SCI-FI Film Festival on Valentine’s Day in downtown Toronto, Canada
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TEARS IN THE RAIN, 11min., South Africa, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
Directed by Christopher Harvey
Tears In The Rain is a short film set in the world of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) as well as the motion picture Blade Runner (1982).
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