POLLY II : PLAN FOR A REVOLUTION IN DOCKLANDS (Anja Kirschner, 2006)
30 mins, Format: SD / PAL / 16:9 Anamorphic
Part satirical sci-fi, part soap opera and part Brechtian ‘Lehrstueck’, Polly II portrays the lives of pirates and outcasts surviving in the flooded ruins of East London, a lawless zone set to become the latest in luxury waterside living according to government plans and venturing developers’ wet dreams.
The film imagines a future insurrection coloured by the legacy of dispossessed peasants, political radicals, whores, sailors, pirates, and former slaves. Alluding to Polly (1728) - John Gay’s censored sequel to the popular Beggar’s Opera (1727), which resurrected the character of the robber Macheath in the disguise of the African pirate captain Morano (scheming to take revenge on a colony in the West Indies) – Polly II is populated by many of the characters made popular by Gay and Brecht. The film features the naïve and incorruptible Polly, the vengeful whore Jenny Diver, and the treacherous and the greedy Peachum – fencer, thief-taker and king of the beggars.