If you are in the mood for an edgy animated short then look no further than GNT. It is screening presently at the Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by Aussies Sara Hirner and Rosemary Vasquez Brown, GNT in its short four minutes is full of piss and vinegar. Along with plenty of originality and humour. It takes on the whole obsession we have with social media. That people are all about the “likes”. Willing to post anything as long as it gets likes. No matter if we make ourselves look bad; it is all about the clicks or going viral. Intersecting with this is what it means to be a woman in today’s world.
The sad part is that we believe that getting the likes gives us power. That people think more of us if something we posted gets notices. One of the three women in GNT, Glenn truly believes this and is driven to do something not many of us would as a result.
GNT was inspired by conversations by real women. You see how the animated trio of Glenn, Tammy and Nikki have a relationship which is not really healthy. They are cruel while at the same time co-dependent. No matter what one does the other two will, instead of supporting, drag her down.
What really stood out for me was the animation. There is so much detail there. The type where you have to watch it a couple of times to really see everything. Tons going on in the background.
Though it is rather short you will be bowled over by how ludicrous it is. Or is it? Can’t be real, can it? But it is based on real life conversations…In the end you will feel a little dirtier than you did before watching.