Documentary Title: What is Going to Happen Next?
Producer / Director / Writer: Matthew Nevin
Format: Approx 60 Minute Documentary
Release Date: Late 2020 / Early 2021
Log Line: Filmed over the last decade, a reach into the mind of one person from every country in the world; revealing their spontaneous response to an unknown question, sharing their views, fears & hope for the future.
This ambitious documentary features hundreds of videos: one person from each sovereign state in the world, filming themselves answering the previously unseen question: “What is going to happen next?”. Participants set up a camera, hit record, read the question and have 2 minutes to respond. By removing the participant’s ability to prepare, the footage produces a series of natural and behavioural nuances within an international cultural context. Exposing participants’ choice in visual setting, manner and practice of participating, along with a series of complex personal, social and political responses. The documentary successfully engages citizens of the world in a global cultural experiment that serves to highlight the diversity and complexity of humanity; opening a door of conversation between individuals from all corners of the earth.
Characters: The documentary features a selection of key participants who were selected at random, covering a broad range of backgrounds: teachers, artists, construction workers, journalists, photographers, etc.
Structure: This documentary blends short narratives from an eclectic pool of participants in an attempt to gain an intimate but broad view of our personal and global futures. These personal relatable stories and subjective topics showcase the similarities between all our lives and how important it is for humanity to unite together to combat global issues while strengthening our personal futures.
Intent: By exploring the thoughts of a select number of citizens of Earth the documentary ultimately focuses on personal intervention, engagement and critique of our dominant political and economic issues within our global society, allowing the audience to directly connect with relatable narratives and journeys. By highlighting how diverse and complex every nation is, the film presents an open door to international cultures and actively gives a glimpse and insight to each and every sovereign state. In essence forming a periodic archive of an international group of individuals focusing on intervention, participation, engagement and critique of various personal and relatable responses on key political and societal situations. The documentary becomes a platform for activism; motivated by political participation and spectatorship, through transnational dialogues, it allows the connection of an international audience across societies, cultures and international borders. While focusing on the role of individual voices in a crowded globalized digital world, it also questions the ‘power’ individuals hold to represent their country, and what role do countries/boundaries play in our increasingly interconnected societies. Addressing key issues of personal, local, global, societal, cultural, political futures.
Follow Up Documentary:
A sequel documentary in which the director intends to fly out and meet a large selection of the international participants and document What did happen next? in the personal lives and countries of our new global pool of voices.