A Numbness in the Mouth

Kevin Gaffney | 17 min | Ireland | 2016


An Ireland of the near-future: a self-sustaining, militarized island where climate change has benefited agricultural production. A spokesperson for the government’s Ministry of Food – speaking in the Irish language – informs us that due to a record crop yield of wheat there is a surplus of flour on the market, and the economic balance between supply and demand must be retained. To this end, rations are being enforced with each citizen requested to consume more than five pounds of flour per day.

Planet of Consumption
1:00 PM | Sunday, October 15, 2017
The New School, Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Ave, Room N101, New York, 10003

Director, Writer | Kevin Gaffney
Producer | Kevin Gaffney & Jacinta Lynch
Cast | Jenny Swingler & Sinéad Ní Uallacháin
Cinematographer | JJ Rolfe
Sound | Patrick Downey

Kevin Gaffney (b. 1987) is an artist filmmaker based in Dublin. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. His films have shown in festivals internationally, including: Brighton Film Festival (2011); London Short Film Festival (received the Little White Lies Award, 2012); Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Scotland, 2015); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); Cork Film Festival (Ireland, 2016); Dingle International Film Festival (Ireland, 2017); and the Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, 2017).