Imagine a scenario where giant movie monster Gorgo returns and the only people that can stop it are two bureaucrats deep inside Britain’s Ministry of Defence. Thats the basic idea before the satire Waiting for Gorgo. In this short a young defence analyst discovers the old monster research group DMOA, which has been preparing for a monster attack since the 1960s.
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Here is a synopsis of the movie:
Deep in the bowels of the Ministry of Defence lies a secretive government department identified only as the “DMOA”. Just what the DMOA does has been lost in the annals of time –- all that is known is that it’s the last line of defence protecting London from total destruction. Determined to find out more about this strange department, Alexandra, a young ambitious defence analyst, sets off into the rabbit warrens of Whitehall to see the DMOA for herself. Finding two aged public servants in varying stages of senility, Alexandra is convinced that the DMOA is the result of an unfortunate mistake. However, as the conversation progresses it becomes apparent that the old guys may not be as senile as they seem, and more worryingly, they may indeed be London’s last line of defence.
Written by respected sci-fi journalist MJ Simpson, “Waiting for Gorgo” is a short comedy with a fantastical twist. Set in present day London, the story pokes fun at the dusty image of Britain’s public service and pays homage to the classic monster movies of the 1950s and 1960s.
What sounds most appealing about this short film is that it comes across as a witty version of Cloverfield. Where Cloverfield made a name for itself by twisting the genre on it’s side, giving us a hyper-realistic style, Waiting for Gorgo uses the monster to make fun of big bureaucracy.
Both films aimed to invent the giant monster movie genre, but Waiting for Gorgo seems self-aware enough to harness the silliness that came with the classics. The short’s writer MJ SImopson has invested a large part of his career writing about author Douglas Adams, so there’s no doubt that may have simply rubbed off over time.