Where would we be without civilisation? Steve Oram tries to provide an answer. In a London suburb he sketches a world where people have remained apes. A cosmos without progress, where etiquette never existed. In a documentary way, he portrays two factions led by their respective alpha males who fight for supremacy. The human apes mutter, groan and screech at each other, displaying their carnal lusts by perverse grimaces. This leads to hilarious and shameful moments. The film gradually turns into an ape satire mocking smart humanity. Without fine motor skills, we can for instance still repair a washing machine. And we can eat without cutlery, as is done in countless cultures. The observing approach serves as a way to catch the viewer off-guard. Just as we compare apes with humans, we compare people playing apes with people.

Filmmaker
Steve Oram
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
80’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Andrew Starke
Production Company
Lincoln Studios
Sales
Steve Oram
Writer
Steve Oram
Cinematography
Matthew Wicks
Editor
Steve Oram
Production Design
Matthew Clark
Sound Design
Martin Pavey
Music
King Crimson Projekcts, Dawn Westlake
Cast
Steve Oram, Julian Barratt
Website
http://lincolnfilmstudios.co.uk