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Wallets Full of Blood: Houses On The Moon: 'Zombies Roam An Undead Republic'

category national | arts and media | feature author Thursday February 19, 2009 16:57author by arrimletinrip Report this post to the editors

'Bringing The Blood Back Home'

“An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.” Nancy Mitford

Amidst the collapse of the Irish economy, the inhabitants of a rural hinterland begin to feel the touch of the dead hand of the housing market.

Set in the notorious ghost estates of post 'celtic tiger' Ireland, 'Wallets Full of Blood' features Dennis Hopper as the voice of Brian 'Brains' Ahern.

'Brains' is a developer and a 'big man' in politics. He's also the overseer of a particularly gory property price collapse on 'Fiddler's Green'. He reckons he can clean up as a result of the creeping zombification all around him but his plans take on a zero-sum logic of their own.

To save himself from the killing floor that results, 'Brains' attempts to turn his minions against each other but finds to his horror that control of the vicious cycle of blood and price drops has slipped from his greedy, grasping fingers.

His future (and everyone elses) lies in the cold dead hands of a different kind of market where the proles are making a killing for a change.

Zombies roam an undead republic.

'Bringing The Blood Back Home'
'Bringing The Blood Back Home'


Caption: Embedded video Vimeo

author by ecpublication date Fri Feb 20, 2009 13:03Report this post to the editors

The crisis consists precisely in the fact

that the old is dying and the new cannot

be born; in the interregnum a great

variety of morbid symptoms appears.

—Antonio Gramsci

author by Blazes Boylan - The triple-Z Ranchpublication date Fri Feb 20, 2009 16:51Report this post to the editors

If you were at all concerned, or had the slightest suspicion, that the government didn't know what was going on, it turns out that the ECB still hasn't worked out its rules on how to help us.

Seems like Lisbon just ain't gonna happen this year...

Related Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601068&sid=asT...onomy
author by ecpublication date Fri Feb 20, 2009 21:50Report this post to the editors

"Yeats said it. He said: 'Though gravediggers' toil be long, Sharp their blades and muscles strong, They will thrust their buried men - Into the public mind again.'

author by zombie hunterpublication date Sun Feb 22, 2009 19:17Report this post to the editors

Citigroup Inc. -25.10
Bank of America Corporation -17.05
Allied Irish Banks, plc. (ADR) -10.37
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ADR) -9.32
U.S. Bancorp -7.81
ICICI Bank Limited (ADR) -7.79
Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) -6.46
BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) -6.28
The Bank of Nova Scotia (USA) -6.18
Deutsche Bank AG (USA) -5.72

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2009/02/markets-today.html

author by redjadepublication date Mon Feb 23, 2009 18:53Report this post to the editors

This is a fantastic little animation that more clearly explains this crisis than anywhere else I have seen.....


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Related Link: http://LMV.hu/redjade
author by Diarmuidpublication date Sat Feb 28, 2009 18:37Report this post to the editors

Not attacking your thrust but maybe you should think twice before quoting a Nazi sympathiser.

author by ecpublication date Sun Mar 01, 2009 15:00Report this post to the editors

Some of her family (specifically two sisters) were fascists - she was not. She was a socialist who supported another one of her sisters who travelled to Spain to help in the fight against Franco in the 1930's. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_701702267/mitford_n....html

Thanks for your 'useful' comment.

author by ecpublication date Sun Mar 01, 2009 15:16Report this post to the editors

The title of the film combines bits of lyrics of two armageddon type songs I'm fond of

'Houses Everywhere' by Jinx Lennon: You can listen at this page: http://jinxlennon.com/video.htm

and

'Dead Flag Blues' by Godspeed You Black Emperor: You can hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aLjup934Rk

And an update about the little movie: It's been viewed more than 1000 times on the vimeo page - which for a kind of 'arty' experiment banged together in 4 days is to me at least very healthy. I've gotten a lot of nice feedback in my e-mail and it was great to see blogs like slugger / irishleftreview / notesonthefront etc featuring it on their pages. No formal reviews as yet. Some of those would be nice. I don't mean in 'publications' - just 'this is a review' kind of thing.

I'm trying out making a couple of 'sequels' set in the capital at present as the idea doesn't feel played out yet.

Anyway - pass it on if you like it.

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