The Two Faces of Tomorrow is an experimental documentary-fiction film about algae; how they have shaped all life on Earth, from the deep past to the near future. The film follows an unseen researcher as they discover ancient Roman baths plagued by toxic blooms; cutting-edge laboratories developing biofuel and food supplements; collections of fossilised seaweeds and hominin skulls; and a Mars rover preparing for its exploration of the red planet. As the researcher learns more about the relationship between Capitalism and algae, algae and the Earth, the Earth and humans, they begin to understand the vast web of violence, extraction and exploitation, across human and non-human lives, that has led to our current moment of climate crisis.
Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. Produced by Tracy Bass. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork International Film Festival.
The Two Faces of Tomorrow, 2021, 2K video, 5.1 Surround Sound, 38:29 min.
Script: Daisy Hildyard; Voice of the Researcher: Jade Anouka; Director of Photography: Brian Fawcett; Editor and Sound Designer: Daniel Goddard; Music composed and performed by: Sian O’Gorman for NYX: electronic drone choir; Post-production: Absolute; Dubbing Mixer: Ben Young.