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It’s 2040 and North Americans are a cheap labour pool for wealthy Asian markets. A Chinese documentary show focuses on the ‘ghosts’ (Cantonese slang for white people) unlucky enough to have been born into the slums of Toronto.
As soon as the title sequence began you know you are in for a treat. Ghosts With Shit Jobs, from auteur Jim Munroe – a groundbreaking creator of “indie culture alternatives” – is sheer delight.
Munroe writes graphic novels and comics (he has been compared to Philip K Dick) and makes video games and movies. His working method puts him at the cutting edge of science fiction multimedia: Ghosts With Shit Jobs had several directors, all collaborators worked for free, filming took two months and as the favours rolled in it took another three years to complete the film.
The film’s six heroes – who are being followed by a TV documentary crew – live hand to mouth. Gary and Karen, a couple with PhDs in robotics, dream of getting to “Robot Con” and a future where Karen gets to make an unstoppable killing machine. In the meantime, to pay the bills, they undertake “baby-making” work. (The baby effects are very convincing).