//_sleeper - a short film by jordan buckner
The grey skies persist, the rain continues to fall, and the factory lights are still on. As 2019 looms, I return to this internet land to share new work - so here it goes. Since May, I’ve been working on my latest film //_sleeper, a short animation about creepy obsessions in dying industrial towns. The film premiered at the BFI Southbank on November 19th, and then went on to play on BBC Four on December 2nd. It has been a wild ride, and it is honestly a huge honour and achievement to be recognised by the BBC and BFI.
Set in a dying industrial town, //_sleeper tells the story of Frank, a recluse who wakes each day to a strange anomaly on the horizon. Black treacle skies, glowing monitors and strange phone calls are the backdrop to this unsettling character journey, as Frank looks ever watching towards the horizon - the anomaly awaits him.
“As soon as you finish a film, people want you to talk about it. But the film is the talking! The film is the thing! So you go see the film.”