There’s no shortage of comics, books, films and radio programmes that deal with the subject of dystopian futures. If you believe the predictions of our greatest sci-fi auteurs, the distant future will be one in which governmental control is complete and our civil liberties and basic human rights lie in tatters; emotion, procreation and relaxation banned in favour of order and efficiency.
But Ping’s animation Last Breath takes this common theme of outlawed activity and takes it one step further, creating a world in which breathing is prohibited and retribution is swift for anyone caught flouting these laws. Brilliantly put-together in terms of visuals and dialogue this is a creepy piece of illustrated fiction that, if nothing else, will make you appreciate the feeling of air entering and leaving your lungs at will.
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