Oceans of Lemonade is a feature length ‘documentary-fiction’ created by Central Saint Martins graduate, film director Joe Morgan and Rhys Williams, lecturer in contemporary literature at Exeter University.
Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's 'Utopia', the film explores the rich history of utopian thought in light of the needs of the present, and asks what kind of a utopianism do we need today?
UTOPIAS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
It’s been 500 years since Thomas More imagined his Utopia. Since then the ideal island has lent its name to an astonishing variety of visions - from Charles Fourier’s sexy oceans of lemonade to Francis Bacon’s sterile paradise of scientists – but also condemned as leading to the blood and smoke of the 20th Century.
A relic from an ignorant past, we like to think we’ve left utopianism behind. But our fetish for the realistic hobbles us.
From the whimsical to the world-conquering, Utopia expresses all shapes of human hope and human desire –
a hope for something different, a desire for something better – and whether we like it or not, it’s always with us, seducing us, teaching us, inspiring us or leading us astray.
Oceans of Lemonade digs deep into the ruins of utopia – from Mediaeval myths to sci-fi visions, from blueprint societies to everyday moments – and rediscovers the lost art of social dreaming for a better day.
We might have the courage to see things as they are, but are we brave enough to see things as they could be?
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The film is currently in the final stages of development, and the creators are looking for collaborators & financial support to enable them to complete and deliver their unique vision to a global audience in late 2017. If you'd like to know more about how to get involved, or would like to join our mailing list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org