Techno Western

A young boy plays bounty hunter when he hunts down a mysterious figure lurking in his hometown.

Director’s Statement

Techno Western is a project that feels very special to me – special because it’s nothing quite like I’ve seen before – special because it’s nothing like I’ve made before – and special because I’m left with a very uneasy feeling after watching it. If it truly affects others the same, we’ve arrived here because we very clearly set out to create a mood piece that moves you with a deep sense of dread. The film tells the story of an everyday child embarking on a journey to hunt down a “bad guy”, imitating a bounty hunter character he admires in his favorite cartoon show. I found it interesting to explore the darker elements involved with a childhood quest gone wrong – something I used to do without a fear in the world – but what if? What if something did go wrong? Though I don’t look upon life through a negative lens, I find the heroes journey to be far more vague and murky in real life. I have no experience in the matter, but violence to me is far more interesting when it doesn’t go the way you planned.

As a filmmaker I try to keep one foot in with the creative team responsible for making the project and one foot out with the audience. With Techno, we’ve made a very understated film. We wanted to give the audience a lot of credit. Questions are raised – some go unanswered – some are there for your own interpretations. It’s hard to place us within a certain genre – there are elements of science-fiction, horror, mystery and revenge. It’s all of those things, yes, but then again maybe it’s not.

All that matters to me is that people feel something at the end of a film and with Techno Western, I hope the feeling is strange.