Tim Arnold releases 'Super Connected' the new feature-length film and album
22 April 2021
Super Connected is the new feature-length film and album from singer songwriter/filmmaker Tim Arnold. The new single, of the same name - Super Connected – introduces one of its key themes: the seductive power of social media and its potentially corrosive real-world effect on mental health. The single is released on Tim’s Bandcamp and all platforms on May 7th. A standalone reel from the full Screen Album launches on May 10th to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week UK.
Following the story of a tech-dependent family, Super Connected explores the burgeoning mental health crisis emerging from our increased isolation and dependency on social media.
The work was originally inspired by a mental health professional friend of Tim’s working with young people with Selective Mutism who were struggling with human interaction but also addicted to social media.
The song's lyrics 'You can have my soul for free, so you can sell it back to me' echo the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.
Arnold says: "Carole Cadwalladr's eye-opening work on Facebook's threat to democracy inspired a lot of the ideas for these songs. So did Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine. I ended up writing an album and screenplay that asks questions about human connection in families and where we are now in the tech vs humanity debate."
When the album was completed, Arnold set about creating a visual story to accompany the album’s songs in sequence, creating what he describes as a Screen Album. Super Connected fuses elements of film drama, magical realism, animation and music video. It’s a digital age take on the narrative-driven concept album.
Collaborators include the creatives and artists behind Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, Kate Bush’s Director’s Cut and includes a thrilling vocal cameo from Stephen Fry. (Full Cast and Creative credits here).
There are currently plans for one-off screenings of the full Screen Album to a limited audience. Tickets will be invite-only for subscribers of the official Super Connected website. The release of the ‘music only’ version of the album will be announced soon.
"We may end up following the traditional route of Infinite distribution eventually, but it's more enchanting to make real human connections in small private events at the moment. Everything is ready. The songs, the music videos and the screen album. We're following the spirit of the project to see where it wants to go."
Tim Arnold is also hosting a weekly podcast and YouTube series called Super Connected Conversations, where he examines the impact that technology has on human psychology and society. Guests include Team Human’s Douglas Rushkoff, peace activist Jo Berry and mental health specialist Nadine Page from The Creative Well.
Tim’s Super Connected NFT drop, ‘Digital Diet’ will also be available to NFT collectors on Friday April 23rd, 2021 exclusively on Blockchain app Foundation.
For exclusive previews and news on Super Connected, sign up to the official website.
Image: Actress Dixie McDevitt as Bella in Super Connected