Produced and directed by Ravi Ajit Chopra, Cognition is a short dystopian sci-fi drama/thriller about a son confronting his past trauma. Starring Andrew Scott and Jeremy Irvine, Cognition was filmed on location at the Battersea Power Station – and it was the last film to be shot at the Grade II* listed building during its recent redevelopment.
On a visual level, Chopra’s 27 minute long film appears to have elements of Philip K. Dick’s work and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca.
Here’s the synopsis:
Planet Vega, a breathtaking world of unparalleled beauty…
10-year old Abner dreams of nothing more than exploring the entire universe as he gazes up at Vega’s majestic Twilight sky. But those dreams are far from realistic – He and his father Elias live a humble, nomadic lifestyle on the endless desert-scapes of Vega.
But miles away there is another Vega, a state controlled Vega, separate from the colonies. A Vega that is home only to an Elite class to have built a technological Empire that is unexcelled in the universe. This is a world Elias fears, a world he has kept Secret from Abner all these years. But he can only shepherd his son for so long…
This uncompromising short Sci-Fi drama fuses two distant worlds in a hallucinogenic roller-coaster ride through the darkest chasms of the mind.
This is what the producer/director has to say about the film:
“Cognition is a very personal film for me, I have always been fascinated with the inner workings of the mind, and what it means to confront your trauma / demons and follow your dreams….. I hope the audience will enjoy coming on this psychological rollercoaster ride.”
Cognition will premiere at Archlight Cinema at the Battersea Power Station on 9 October 2020 and will have a cinema release for two weeks. It will also be available On Demand on 30 October 2020 on Apple iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.