Single Channel HD film 10 minutes 47 seconds SYNOPSIS: SYSTEM is a film about anxieties, irrational behaviour and the quest for control in a non-domestic space. Set entirely inside a shopping centre, the film follows the interactions between two sisters; one anxious about her personal safety, the other concerned with the invisible threat of infection. The sterile atmosphere of the environment quickly becomes menacing as the women’s personal safety systems begin to fail.
The fictional screenplay is developed out of a series of one-to-one interviews with members of the public about everyday behaviours and habits in communal spaces. Interviewees were encouraged to talk about their own experiences, routines and preferences within the framework of everyday situations such as: seat selection, personal security measures, hygiene practices, interactions with other people and unacceptable behaviour.
Starting point for this film was to create psychological thriller set in a shopping centre, turning the everyday and mundane into a minefield of terror. Playing with the lure of the practical, streamlined and franchised world of indoor shopping areas against the quest for a more independent consumerism among the comfortable middle classes.
Cecilia Stenbom’s work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life. She works across media including film, installation, drawing, printmaking and painting.
SYSTEM is produced by Pins & Needles Media in association with independent producer Mark Chapman. Cinematography by Emma Dalesman and edited by Harry Jenkinson. SYSTEM is shot at various locations in North East of England. With Arabella Arnott and Georgina Wilkes And Aiste Gramantaite Melanie Howd Director of Photography Emma Dalesman Sound Designer Andy Ludbrook Production Designer Kate Eccles Producer Mark Chapman Line Producer Gerry Maguire Casting Director Aiste Gramantaite 1st Assistant Director Jack Tarling Gaffer Kev Todd Focus Puller Tom Finch 2nd AC/DIT Andrew Binns Camera Trainee Charles Bradlaugh Location Manager Chris Younger Production Assistant Callum Costello 2nd AD Aiste Gramantaite 3rd AD Chris Andrew Make Up Artist Sherilyn Anjelika Oliphant Runners Alex Rea and Joanne McCormick Editor Harry Jenkinson Original Score by Ziad Jabero