Sci-Fi Comedy 'No Men Beyond This Point' Gets a 2016 Release

Monday, 05 October 2015 - 4:33PM
Monday, 05 October 2015 - 4:33PM
Sci-Fi Comedy 'No Men Beyond This Point' Gets a 2016 Release
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No Men Beyond This Point, a sci-fi comedy about a world in which men are going extinct, has just been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for worldwide distribution. The arthouse mockumentary screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released internationally in 2016.

The film takes place in a near future world where women have begun reproducing without male sperm and giving birth almost exclusively to females. The few men remaining are marginalized in society and mostly work in caretaker occupations, including protagonist Andrew Myers, who works as a housekeeper and then attempts to save the male species from extinction.


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"[Writer/director] Mark [Sawers] has a truly original voice and made a film that is both smart and funny - and is also an incredibly interesting take on gender politics," said Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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The official description reads:

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Just imagine: since 1953, women have been able to reproduce without interference from male genes. Men are no longer being born and are an endangered species. This deadpan mockumentary follows the youngest man still alive - Andrew Myers (37) - in a world in which women wear the trousers.

Andrew Myers (37) works as a housekeeper for a family of women and is the youngest man still living on Earth. In this comic mockumentary, men have been threatened with extinction since the 1950s, when women spontaneously started giving birth to children - girls - without any contribution from male genes. Men quickly disappeared from all major posts and sex and violence were outlawed. The remaining men are now cared for in special reservations, and are no longer part of society. With the exception of a few cheap labourers such as Myers.

The characters are filmed going about their everyday business and interviewed about what they consider important for the future. Their worldview is substantiated by archival footage and in-depth interviews with academics about this female phenomenon. Men were in charge, one of them states, full of disbelief at the seemingly peaceful women who took over the reins according to the adage, 'It's payback time!' The result is as comical as it is terrifying - PMS is a bitch!
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I honestly can't tell if this movie has a feminist bent or not. On the one hand, portraying men as a marginalized minority could be a progressive commentary on women's current status in society, but on the other hand, it could also easily be an illiberal comedy about an MRA's nightmare vision of the world. And judging by the "PMS is a bitch" comment, I'm guessing it's closer to the latter.

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