FUTUREKIN - Short film by Lucy McRae
Futurekin follows a group of women who seek autonomy over their own bodies, by creating the ability to bear children outside of the body. Addressing imbalances of power, Futurekin looks to science as an instrument for exacting gender equality. The idea that gender equality can never be reached until women are ‘unburdened’ from carrying babies, is a concept from author Donna J. Haraway in the essay Cyborg Manifesto. Outsourcing reproduction is not solution driven, rather motivates the urgency and significance of asking impossible questions.
In this post CRISPR* world kids are brought to term and grown in complex, sensitive wombs in a lab. The speculation acknowledges the develop of different/unfamiliar neurobiological quirks, through lack of touch and absence of foetal programming in the womb. By virtue of being separated from pregnancy, science and biotech become in vitro paternal/maternal surrogates. This far-future ‘what if’ replaces abortion with a plethora of incomprehensible, ethical unknowns.
Scientists are accelerating ways to direct our evolutionary path –– powerful genetic engineering tools, such as CRISPR [*gene-editing technology] can fundamentally redesign our species. Be it gene-edited babies or kids grown in artificial wombs, playing with the very building blocks of life, creates terror and inspiration, in equal measure.
Credits: Director @lucymcrae Writers: Lucy McRae @nicolejude
Music: Joep Beving Production Producer: @popular_loner @proxybytes
Lead Cast @samantha_west @blantonia Lucy McRae Supporting Cast @audrey_levan Rhoda Pell, Vijaya Kumari, Jupiter Tahash Long, Nectar Tahash Long, Onyx Tahash Long AD @scottie_cameron DP @r_carmody_
Drone Operator @Mayfieldmedia Water Cinematographer @lieberfilms
Editor @nicolejude Costume Design Lucy McRae PD Lucy McRae
PD Assistant @proxy_bytes
Prop fabrication Lucy McRae, @machinehistories ArtDept @proxy_bytes @vivian_charlesworth @_yunki.c @miriam__kuhlmann
sometimesarchitecture @Attilio Bonelli Costume Fabrication Evelyn Garcia
Stylist @amiee_byrne_ceramics Hair/ Makeup @hairandgroomingbymikefernandez
VFX @alexeymarfin Colorist @ariannashiningstar Casting @jasminealbuquerque @proxybytes @popular_loner
“LOSAR” Performed by JOEP BEVING Courtesy of Sonderling B.V.
Music Mix valentine_recording_studios
Audio Post Facility True Peak Soundworks LLC
Re-recording Mixer Shaun Yee
Photography @abstract_numbers , @brianoverend