In a dystopian world idealistic Abbie embarks on the first day of her new job with nervous delight. Her excitement however, is quickly thwarted by the cold intolerance of The Boss and a failed attempt to make friends. The rigid office proves too much even for the indomitable Abbie, but friendships can be formed in unexpected places.
Abbie is an exaggerate comedy with a silent film tone, influenced by Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil', Věra Chytilová’s 'Daisies' and Jan Svankmajer's 'Alice'. Whilst Abbie touches on ideas of bureaucracy and patriarchy, the film is about discovering where you fit in in the world. The aim was not make grand statements but playfully explore themes of conformity and escapism, and make small things grand.
The narrative is told through a combination of live action and animation, and all the elements of the film from production design and wardrobe to sound and color grade present an exaggerated pastiche of different eras, out of place sounds and objects and contrasting color pallets.