Failed utopias and the illusion of progress are the longstanding interests of London-based filmmaker, Chino Moya. His work combines feature length and short films, photography and comic book writing, in which dystopian narratives call out the destructive nature of contemporary life.
Originally from Spain, Moya took short courses at the International School of Cinema and TV in Cuba, as well as in San Antonio and New York, USA. He started out with home-made films, and gained experience as a runner on numerous productions before making his first music video. Based in London since the mid 2000s, Moya has created commercials for brands such as Toyota, Playstation and Drambuie, and has received various industry prizes including a Cannes Lion Bronze Award for Congratulations, created for the Thalidomide Victims Association. In 2014, Digital Witness for St Vincent was named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 music videos of the year.
Brutalist architecture, post-industrial wastelands and offbeat characters shaped by implacable environments are recurring features of Moya’s imagery, which draws inspiration from a variety of sources including comic book creator, Enki Bilal, classics such as Tarkovsy’s Stalker, and 1980s horror movies. His photographic series Monosodium Glutamate portrays white, middle aged men in semi-abandoned spaces, while his debut feature Undergods (2020) traces a series of ill-fated characters in a grotesque landscape of the future.
Undergods premiered at Fantasia Film Festival (Montréal, Canada) in 2020, and was released in the UK one year later, screening at Glasgow Film Festival 2021. It received international coverage, appearing in Variety and The New York Times, and was selected ‘Film of the Week’ by The Observer critic, Mark Kermode.