Date Showing Showing On 22, 24, 25, November
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm


PG 1hrs 48mins
drama | 2020, USA | English

In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. As he gets pulled deeper into the zone, he encounters growing hostility and the threat of robot cablers, and must choose to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out.


Mild themes and coarse language

Noah Hutton
Original Review
Mathew Toomey, The Film Pie
Extracted By
Charlotte Lloyd
Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard

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Lapsis (2020) | Trailer | Dean Imperial | Madeline Wise | Directed by Noah Hutton

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

The film’s protagonist is Ray (Imperial), a man in need of a well-paying job to help pay the pricey

medical bills of his fatigued half-brother, Jamie (Howard). Tipped off by a questionable friend,
Ray becomes a contractor for a major global company that is laying high-speed network cables
across the country. It works in a similar manner to Uber.
Ray accepts contracts on his phone and once he’s hiked through forests and laid the cables, the
company transfers money into his bank account. There’s a catch though. Robots are also
performing the work and if they can do it faster, Ray doesn’t get a cent.
It raises an interesting theoretical question that I’ve often posed of friends – if our world
reaches a point where almost every job on the planet is performed by a robot, what becomes
of employment? How can people earn a wage if there is no work for humans to perform? Is
there some kind of government welfare and if so, how is it funded and how is it disseminated?
Would it be subject to corruption and manipulation?
Writer-director Noah Hutton taps into these ideas with Lapsis. It marks his feature-film debut
(his background is in documentaries). Hutton describes it as science-fiction set in the “parallel
present”. It’s similar to the world we know today but with a few small differences to highlight
thought-provoking themes.
Lapsis has a lot to say about the gig economy, the diminution of unionisation, and the growing
power of companies over individuals. Hutton drew on his own experiences having worked
himself as an independent contractor for the past decade and having to buy his own equipment
and pay for his own health insurance. What we see in the film may be over-exaggerated for
comedic effect but it gets you thinking about the real world.

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