Queensland Premiere | USA | Drama/Mystery
Lapsis is a darkly comic, original and timely look at the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech. In bringing it to life, writer/director Noah Hutton’s intricate world-building and storytelling are masterful and Dean Imperial’s performance as Ray is a revelation.
Set in an alternative New York, the quantum computing revolution has begun, and investors are lining their pockets in the quantum trading market. However, building the network to support it requires miles of infrastructure to be laid between huge magnetic cubes by “cablers” and relies on the services of unprotected gig workers who compete against robots to pull wires over rough terrain.
Queens delivery man Ray Tincelli is both skeptical and suspicious of this new technology. However, to support himself and his ailing younger brother, he scores a shady permit and starts cabling, hoping to finally change his fortunes. What he doesn’t expect is to be pulled into a conspiracy involving hostile fellow cablers, corporate greed, and the mystery surrounding someone called Lapsis Beeftech, who may have previously owned his permit.
Director: Noah Hutton
Cast: Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard
Duration: 104 mins
Official selections: Nashville, Mill Valley
Tuesday 20 April, 7.30pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts
Friday 23 April, 2.45pm – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts
Tickets: $17 adults, $14 concession