Ben Rivers, After London, 2013, pencil drawing on paper, 11⅛ × 16½ inches.

Ben Rivers, After London, 2013, pencil drawing on paper, 11⅛ × 16½ inches.

AFTER LONDON 

Director: Ben Rivers
Writer: Ben Rivers
Cast: TBC

Based very loosely on Richard Jeffries' 1885 novel After London, the film explores an England a long way in the future. Knowledge of the past glories of human civilization is based on word-of-mouth stories passed down through the ages, which have become extremely warped. These stories form myths and legends about the technological heights achieved and the downfall of humanity -- though these stories are just one part of the bigger picture, it's important to note that this isn't meant to be simply a cautionary tale of human folly. The impetus of the tale is something closer to an idea of dark optimism -- the resilience of both nature and humans.