New Year (2019) by Rory WT
Written and directed by Diana Gradinaru and Rory Waudby-Tolley
‘New Year’ is an 9-minute animated short set over two time periods.
In 1999 a boy becomes obsessed with the Y2K bug; In the distant future a girl is learning to be a priest in a religion based upon the ‘artefacts’ left behind by the boy.
Ravaged by millennia of climate breakdown, Britain is underwater. But Simon’s ramblings and football stickers inspire a faith where the heat of the earth is respected and 90s Man United midfielder Nicky Butt is worshiped as a God.
The Year 2000 was simultaneously the beginning of the future, and the end of world.
Produced by Becky Perryman
Executive produced by Phil Davies
Starring Jason Forbes, Thea Gajic, Lorna Gayle and Javone Prince
Animation and design by Diana Gradinaru, Rory WT, Ala Nunu Leszynska and Chiara Sgatti
Sound and music by Skillbard
Hymn by Paul Devlin
Casting by Leanne Flinn
Made with the support of BFI NETWORK