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Satori [Awakening]




Adam K Batchelor

The Lights Studio

Released through DUST

Jane Perry, Mark Holden

About the Project

The entire world has been rapidly overgrown by a dense jungle. Two survivors of a downed reconnaissance ship are about to discover that mother nature has a powerful new ally.

After harnessing the power of ‘artificial intelligence’ to reverse the environmental damage humans have inflicted on the planet, the AI spirals out of our control, covering the entire land surface in a dense jungle terrain. Now, only a fraction of the population remains, as the majority struggle to survive in this new natural world. A group of scientists, technicians and military personnel stay sheltered from the dangerous jungle surroundings in a top secret, underground R&D facility. But as they begin to search for survivors they discover a mysterious new force that is now firmly in control. Upon venturing deeper, they become exposed to the strict rules and customs that protect the new ecosystem, above all else.


A short film that takes on the gambit of being epic in scale, simple in plot and short in length, Adam Batchelor’s goal was to tell a environmental post-apocalyptic story but leans heavily on his popcorn movie influences from the 80’s and 90’s. "Within the narrative, my aim was to explore the human relationship with the planet alongside new emerging technologies; as well as gender stereotypes and social norms. I find it hugely interesting how quick life could change and how dramatic the impact could be, as large-scale paradigm shifts inevitably transform the way us humans view our existence.” The two central roles are played by Jane Perry (Phantom Thread, Devils) and Mark Holden (The Infiltrator, His Dark Materials) with Visual Effects undertaken by John Sellings (Kingsman, Wrath of Man) and sound by Pindrop.

Satori [Awakening] was released by DUST in June 2020.


Tom and Daisy spent a long time with director, Adam Batchelor, talking through their favourite film composers and scores growing up. It was important to Adam that the film had a real sense of scale, in-part provided by a bold, symphonic adventure score right at its centre, a la Jerry Goldsmith or Alan Silvestri. Despite the larger Wagnerian style brass and sweeping strings, it’s actually the Taiko percussion, woodblocks and other non-westernised sounds such as the Quena flute which gives the score its sense of time and place.

Satori (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on all digital platforms in June 2020.

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