About ‘The Infant’
They have a picture, a picture that could spell the destruction of civilised society, a plan so devastating it would change the World as we know it. They must put a stop to it. They have a suspect, tied to a chair, a hood covering his face. The only problem is the suspect claims the picture was drawn by his four year old son. They have the suspect’s wife, but she claims her son couldn’t
have made the picture.
In a Kafka – esque nightmare of absurdity two unidentified agents from an unspecified
agency unexpectedly arrested two people for an unspecified crime.
Who’s telling the truth? What is the truth? And does the truth really matter anymore?
The Infant is a fictional re-imagining of the country under a totalitarian and secret-police based regime. It is an exploration of the power of a hidden threat. If it weren’t so close to today’s bizarre reality, one would dismiss the plot as simply neurotic and unbelievable.
An insightful satire on the politics of fear and where it leads, The Infant depicts a state where paranoia has become the norm, where fear has led us to gaze suspiciously on our neighbours and where increasingly draconian measures become justified in the name of justice but are frequently found to be misdirected and ineffective.
The Infant is very much a child of the War on Terror, satirizing some of the more insane precautions taken by state intelligence services with the aim of protecting society from “the terrorists”.
The plot develops and twists and twines with time, so that some scenes are seen more than once and from different perspectives.
The premise develops through interrogations, violence and circular logic into a penetrating look at police compliance to state-led paranoia and authoritarianism.
Comedy makes the subversion of the existing state of affairs possible.
The world is likely to be divided on George Orwells quote:
“Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night
because rough men stand ready
to do violence on their behalf.”
As there will be some that will support and interpret as patriotism and personal sacrifice what Vanzarian men have done, and others aghast at how this will affect democracy and personal liberty. Who’s telling the truth? What is the truth? And does the truth really matter anymore?