Infected with an airborne virus with a uniquely unsettling symptom, property developer Jason escapes London for his country estate, where he is cared for by two young women who are squatting in his house. When more survivors arrive seeking sanctuary, tensions increase. With the established order under threat, events begin to spiral out of control.
Far in the future, an isolated community of descendants continue to farm this same estate. Among their most treasured possessions are a few books, including a copy of Jane Eyre, from which they have constructed their hierarchies, rituals and beliefs. When 15-year-old Agnes begins to record the events of her life, she has no idea what consequences will follow. Locked away for her transgressions, she escapes to the urban ruins and a kind of freedom, but must decide where her future lies.
These two stories interweave, illuminating each other in unexpected ways and offering long vistas of loss, regeneration and wonder.
An inventive, thought-provoking and beautifully crafted story that stays with the reader long after the final pageKirsty Wark
Here’s a 3-minute trailer with readings and interviews.
With thanks to actor Zimmy Ryan and filmmaker Shelly Nel: