I travel on a boat. Down a vast broad river.  A giant structure sits on the centre of this vessel; a tower of humans.  I'm on the deck looking out with my daughter. We see the banks.  Fallen trees.  Concrete blocks cut into wasting, precarious soil.  Skeletons structures of modern builds suffocate what was once forests and meadows.  Each turn of the river I hope to see some form of life, but instead broken concrete, rubble and grey skies come twisting into view.  A dead land.  But we are doing OK, I am told, cruising down the River of Life in our tower.  I hear a crash.  I look back.  A landslide far behind.  A vast clod of earth rolls down, forming a giant pellet before it hits the water. Tornado-like it hurtles at speed in our direction.  In the tower, they say 'don't worry, we are in our boat and all is well'.  But the earth hits us with force.  A conscious force.  Everything shakes.  My daughter turns to me – what  now?

Petrichor is a new feature film in development with support from the British Film Institute and Scottish Screen written by Esther.  The project has been selected by Torino Film Lab and it is being produced by Rosie Crerar, Samm Haillay & Ciara Barry. It tells of the unfolding story of our species as imagined through a love triangle set six hundred years in the future - a battle of ideologies and a war of the heart experienced by strident Ruth and the two compelling men she falls for.

Sound recordings here by Dave Howell.

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