# GREAT SPECULATIONS /// Gamma by Factory Fifteen (in Chernobyl and Baikonur)


Factory Fifteen (see previous post) just released their new film that they shot during Liam Young and Kate Davies’ Unknown Fields 2011 in Chernobyl (Ukraine) and Baikonur (Kazakhstan). Gamma is a sort of short pseudo documentary depicting a future in which numerous zones of the earth needs to be deradiated after a decade of nuclear war.  As always in a capitalist world, this kind of public health operations are achived by private actors, here a company called Gamma which developed a type of roots that would absorb radioactivity. The film introduces the testimony of a survivor who describes how, very quickly, this root became autonomous and out of control, invading little by little his city.

The witness’ testimony talks about war machines to describe the vessels sent by Gamma, thus assimilating their action on the city as a sort of military invasion. In 1985, Ronald Reagan was claiming that the nine most terrifying words of the English language were ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help‘, we might want to paraphrase his claim against him saying that the most terrifying words are ‘I’m from a company and I’m here to help‘. The Fukushima experience clearly showed how private interests mixed with political corruption were leading to this kind of catastrophes.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/36753544 w=600&h=338]

GAMMA from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

You can watch the making-of video by following this link.



Martin Ashley Jones
The Unknown Fields Division 2011
Bryan Allen
Andrea Bagnato
Chris Hatherill
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Jack Mama
Clive Vanheerden
Liam Young

Monologue written by Courttia Newland

D.O.P: Jonathan Gales

Concept development:
Chris Lees
Paul Nicholls
Jonathan Gales

Advert written by Chris Lees

Advert Voice over: George Macpherson

Sound Design: Tom Hobson

End track: Worriedaboutsatan ‘Heart Monitor’ – Her.Eyes.Like.Static remix

3D Artists:
Paul Nicholls
Chris Lees
Kibwe Tavares
Jonathan Gales
Matt Townsend

2D Artists:
Paul Nicholls
Chris Lees
Jonathan Gales

SFX Makeup:
Sangeet Prabhaker

Paul Nicholls
Jonathan Gales

Liam Young
Kate Davies

Filmed in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan with The Unknown Fields Division.

A Factory Fifteen production 2012