La Fête (est Finie) / The Party (Is Over) is a new satirical short film about our addiction to fossil fuels. Directed and produced by Mark Donne and Joe Morris of Brass Moustache Films, La Fête (est Finie)stars Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Utopia) and Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders and the Abominable Bride in upcoming Xmas special Sherlock – The Abominable Bride), with an immersive original score by 3D (Massive Attack) and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.
This joint statement from Mark Donne and 3D sets out the thinking and themes of the film: “TheConference of Parties (21) has arrived in Paris. All agree that this summit is a moment of the highest historical importance. The consequences of failure are absolutely catastrophic, but that didn’t prevent the previous 20 Conferences of Parties doing precisely that. As with any party, the skill is in knowing when to leave. For decades, fossil fuel extracting trans-nationals and Western governments have continued to dance and partake long after the bright lights of climate science evidence were switched on and the deafening music of denial had its plug pulled.
“This short film, via satire, explores the embers of a party which has to end. We were taken with the idea of turning technology that is increasingly used by domestic police forces to surveil peaceful political protest onto those whose actions and inactions have brought the world to this most dangerous precipice. As Salvador Dali once said “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs” and breaking the influence of oil companies and their lobbying capture of political leaders won’t be easy. Their addiction is pathological.
“But in a city recently traumatised by the very worst expressions in humanity, an opportunity exists for the very best to speak much louder. There must be a legally binding deal on emissions reductions. The poorer nations on earth must receive the support they desperately need from the rich, so they can prepare for the damage caused by climate change and invest in clean technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This film is a cultural contribution to the global public atmosphere that now demands that these imperatives are achieved by our governments.”