mixed media

Hardly Working

A film by Total Refusal
Country: Austria
Year: 2022
Length: 20:30

Stills/poster/portrait directors

Hardly Working sheds a limelight on the very characters that normally remain in the background of video games: NPCs. They are non-player characters that populate the digital world as extras to create the appearance of normality. A laundress, a stable boy, a street sweeper and a carpenter are observed with ethnographic precision. They are Sisyphus machines, whose labour routines, activity patterns as well as bugs and malfunctions paint a vivid analogy for work under capitalism.

1. Locarno International Film Festival (Schweiz, August 2022) - Pardi di domani Best Direction Award & Junior Jury Award
2. Vancouver International Film Festivak VIFF (Canada, September 2022)
3. Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo (Mexico, October 2022)
4. Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Canada, October 2022)
5. Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain, October 2022)
6. VIENNALE (Austria, October 2022)
7. Filmmaker Film Festival (Italy, November 2022)
8. IKF Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland, November 2022)
9. KFFK/Kurzfilmfestival Köln N°16 (Germany, November 2022)

A_F_M_ASBtownfolk_02 as “The Street Sweeper”, A_F_M_SDslums_02 as “The Laundress”, A_M_M_NBXdockworkers_01 as “The Carpenter”, A_M_M_VALlaorer_01 as “The Stable Hand”
Narrator: Jacob Banigan

Direction/Screenplay/Cinematography/Sound recording/Editing & Script: Total Refusal / Susanna Flock, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf
Sound design: Bernhard Zorzi
Composer: Adrian Haim
Translation: Michael Stumpf
Modding: RCPisawesome
Scenery: Rockstar Games

Supported by the Kunstraum Steiermark stipend (Land Steiermark) and Kunsthaus Graz. Realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at Werkleitz (DE) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.