Word Count 06 (Bridget over troubled waters), 2020

Kasia Fudakowski, Word Count 06 – Bridget over troubled waters, 2020, HD video, 8 mins.

Word Count is a fragmentary film project consisting of ever-accumulating shorts, which investigate the following scenario from an ever-increasing number of perspectives.

In the near future, scientists confirm a direct correlation between the dramatically rising sea levels and the amount of words that we speak.

Delegates from every nation of the world gather together to find a quick solution and resolve that each citizen of the world shall be rationed to 433 words per day. This comes to be known as Cage Law after John Cage’s 4”33’.

This drip, drip disaster-in-slow-motion horrific farce, follows the lives of four main characters trying to keep their heads above water, where every word counts. Bridget, a stand up comedian, Jennifer, a lawyer specialising in Cage Law, her husband David, an out of work radio DJ and Professor Sanchez, a radical intellectual who rejects and rebels against the philosophy behind Cage Law.

The project’s concept is centered around the idea of working within limits and the production model for creating each ‘film sketch’ also follows this rule. A new sketch illuminating elements of these four character’s narratives will materialise wherever the opportunity arises to shoot, and will fit within the limits that that opportunity provides.

All films written and directed by Kasia Fudakowski



Bridget – Lesli Karavil

Heckler – Efe Tunçer

Club Compare – Onur Nevşehir

Male Stand Up Comedian – Emre Kalaylar

Second Heckler – Çoşku Atalay

Solutions Farm Guard – Hale Alpaslan

Comedy Club Guard – Alper Alpaslan

Male Solutions Farm Colleague – Emre Ayaz

Female Solutions Farm Colleague – Olgu Nur Erdem

Audience Members – Hande Alpaslan

Gözde Gazioğlu

Ceyda Dinç

Ergün Irız

Başak Bayraktar

Işıl Göksu

Bülent Türk

Candan Karamanoğlu

Nina Kuttler

Lina Gómez

Semih İşbilen

Onur Soylan

Onur Kaya

Ersin Dilsiz

Yalçın Kılıçaslan


Director/writer – Kasia Fudakowski

Producer – Hande Alpaslan

Cinematographer – Yiğit Aksu

Second Camera – Jakob Gross

Camera assistant – Deniz Ersoy

Sound – İbrahim Kahraman

Clapper/data management – Harry Haddon

Art department – Duygu Soylan

Set assistance – Yasemin Selçuk

Özgül Soylan

Edit/colour correction – Joji Koyama

Sound Mix – İbrahim Kahraman

With original music composed by Onur Nevşehir and Tarik Akyol.

Funded by the German Research Foundation through the Collaborative Research Centre 1285: Invectivity – Constellations and dynamics of disparagement.

Commissioned as a part of the exhibition ‘Future Food: Food for Tomorrow’s world at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, 2020.

(DE: Finanziert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft im Rahmen des Sonderforschungsbereich 1285 „Invektivität. Konstellationen und Dynamiken der Herabsetzung.)

Word Count 06 was produced during the Be Mobile Create Together residency in Istanbul, which is supported financially by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Institute Français de Turquie and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.”

With very special thanks to:

The Istanbul University Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, Hande Alpaslan, Gözde Gazioğlu, Alper and Hale Alpaslan, Onur Nevşehir, Karga Kadıköy, Antonio Cosentino, Inci Furni, Serhat Öztemir, Galata M84 Apartment Hotel, and Harry Haddon.