The Millennial Party

Jasmin Chalmers's first film, The Millennial Party, portrays the possible social and emotional ramifications of expanded human life spans and living in an age of the first millennials: people who have lived for one thousand years. The film concerns the events surrounding the celebration of the first ever recorded millennial, Oliver Oliver; a man isolated and disconnected from the world and society, lost amongst his vast memories and possessions.

Living in his secure, closed, affluent, technologically controlled dystopia, Oliver is the island that John Donne said that no man could be. In pursuit of complete freedom, Oliver reaches the goal of the Eternalist ethic: at no moment in his life would he ever know love. He was free.

Yet, free from the obligation of intimacy, he denies himself the possibility of being truly human. His closeted life depended on extensive exploitation of banals; something Chalmers depicts in violent detail. The controversy over banal enslavement raised early awareness of the film; but it was Chalmers's vision of what it means to be human and free that left a lasting impression.

Galen Rightonbark

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