2022 • 79 min • Ireland/UK
August 26-28, 2023 Only
In 1941, sisters Thom and Mars have built a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future: music, events, and news. With the Second World War escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine to intercept information from the future that could help with military intelligence. The machine initially proves to be a huge success, rapidly twisting the fortunes of the war against the Nazis. But while Thom becomes intoxicated by LOLA, Mars begins to realize the terrible consequences of its power.
Interweaving 16mm and 35mm footage with modified newsreels (see this Kodak interview with DP Oona Menges), a catchy soundtrack of alternate-timeline songs, and smart production design, “Lola” is an original time-twisting debut from director Andrew Legge and an impressive achievement in micro-budget filmmaking.