Our eighth online showcase links up with Arnold Chukwu’s Disconnect, a sly dissection of relationships in the digital age.
After an abrupt break up over the phone, Rachel ventures out into the world and finds new status and superfluous attention as strangers start to convene and follow her.
Originally developed for the prestigious Ignition Random Acts and Screen South schemes, Disconnect was filmed entirely in Lewisham’s Kidbrooke district and provides a unique snapshot of a relationship’s aftermath and how it’s exacerbated by social media. With Disconnect’s focus on visual juxtaposition and both wanted and unwanted “connection”, the dialogue is used sparingly, yet hints at far more depth to Calum Carr and Severine Howell-Meri’s mismatched couple.
Disconnect perfectly renders a world of distraction and distance through it’s two main characters, made avatars by their reliance on technology, and proves deceptively cerebral in its depiction of them. With it’s chirping sound design by Oliver Mapp, Disconnect quietly sticks with you, proving to be a simple yet effective short.
Arnold Chukwu is a Writer, Director and Humourist born and raised in South East London. As a writer/director he has had his work selected and screened at venues such as the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) and the BFI (British Film Institute).
His short film Disconnect commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts went on to screen multiple times at the BFI and the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival, as well as other screenings home and abroad. Arnold aspires to make films and show stories where black and brown people are simply allowed to exist and be and not be beholden to the weight of solely representing their race.