Conflux 8 will be screening The Adjustable Cosmos, a short animated film written by Adam Browne and directed by Adam Duncan, based on Adam Browne’s story ‘Space Operetta’, published in Aurealis #31.
Adjustable Cosmos is a fantastical adventure played out in a jeweled cosmos housed inside a great crystal sphere. A 15th Century Vatican commands Viennese King, Frederick III, to take war to Constantinople. Discovering the stars are much against his victory, his astrologer has a solution: fire a cable heavenward to hook onto the North Star; haul themselves heavenward and rearrange the cosmos! In a wondrous vessel, they travel into the constellations to amend the royal horoscope… Our medieval astronauts catapulted through space, braving the terrors and wonders of the Ptolemaic universe (Ottoman attack ships, a shimmering, bird-covered moon; Faberge constellations tinkling on ormolu rails …) – to reach for the stars.
Watch the Teaser. It’s beautifully animated.