"One day, a small boy's holographic entertainment fails, so he heads out to explore the streets of abandoned shops outside. Down a forgotten alley he discovers the last ever bookshop... "
The Last Bookshop is a charming short film (20 mins) that imagines a future where physical books have died out. There are some really delightful moments: when the boy first sees the massive wall of books, when he gets lost amongst the shelves, and when he tries to open the book using touch screen movements! What are stories? What are customers? What is money? The boy asks.
I was also amused to see that bookselling attire clearly is not anticipated to change much in the next fifty years! Of course I sit here everyday in tweeds, a tie, and pince-nez!
After a strangly balletic start, the dystopian future plays out in a bookshop ignored by the giant multinational corperation who now owns all the rights to all written words. Provided no money changes hands, the shop is permitted to exist, and the owner becomes oddly threatened by the enthusiasm of his new customer.
The message, I guess, is that we'll get the bookselling and retail future we deserve.