Award-winning dark sci-fi reflection/prediction of the corporatisation of our everyday born out of a music video, Welcome to Oxmouth makes an impact and helps explain that unsettling daily feeling of being cheated.
The short, from Exmouth’s Meat Bingo, picked up the impressive Radical Democracy Challenge award in Warsaw (that’s Poland), which goes by the knee-weakening chest-filling full title of Radical Democracy: Video Challenge for an Open Society Europe 2014.
Going under the guise of a promotional video for the town of Oxmouth the ‘film charts the stress placed on a young couple coping with the economic downturn in Europe. It is set in a small fictional town, deliberately not a city’.
‘I wanted to highlight worries about the increased corporatism pervading all levels of society and negatively effecting the identity of towns like Oxmouth,’ says Meat Bingo.
The film was written by Martin Carr, John Panton, David Quantick and Graham Salisbury.
The technical skill on show is enough to wow you, and the stand against our increasingly dislocated society makes you stop and think, but the story of the film itself is an object lesson for filmmakers and all creatives alike.
Welcome to Oxmouth started life as a music video, and to get an insight into the ups, downs, errors and successes of the collaborative process, pop over to the Meat Bingo site -its definitely worth a read and a sage-like nod of the head.