Gustavo Mitchwell used to be a good neighbour. John has fond childhood memories of living next door to him and his family. After Gus’ marriage breaks down, though, and Gus is left alone his life spirals out of control and he falls into the clutches of the amoral Rocko and his obnoxious crew. Rocko brings pandemonium to Gus’ home, as well as a pervasive odour and the bizarre dress sense of a Liberace/Missy Elliot love child. Gus becomes the neighbour from hell, spelling the beginning of a nightmare for John and his mum. Subjected to blaring music at all hours, drugs and shouting, and visitors of a questionable nature day and night, John and his mum come to dread being in their own home. There seems little can be done to stop it, and when John’s mum gets sick, the unfairness seems all the greater. What can they do against such awful behaviour but try to stop it day after day and hope things will change. Laced with black humour, Local Zero is the poignant catalogue of their misfortune.
Sean Sears is an award-winning animator, writer and film-maker from Essex, England.
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