Out of sight, the world’s most powerful Matriarch puppeteers the world through her archaic phone. Only her trusted caretakers encounter her, but where safety and power lie, danger and ambition seek an invitation.
Starring Hilda Treharne-Koch Thomas, Anne Koch & Elisabeth Koch.
Written & Directed by Bastiaan Koch
A 48 hour film shot on location in The Hague, Netherlands.
Where does true power lie – and when does it lie?
If we do not know this, we cannot know when or how it shifts, where the pillars of our society exist and where to support or destroy them. Therefore, for good reason perhaps, they remain hidden.
There are two themes at play in Milk in First, the aforementioned statement being the obvious theme, the other a very subtle and more personal theme.
The first theme explores a societal, perhaps even instinctual phenomenon wherein the majority of power lies with a select few. This is something I don't contest at all, but raises the more interesting fact that we bestow that power on individuals, ordaining them to authorize the taking or giving of life en masse, amongst many other responsibilities.
The idea that others desire this power encompasses the more obvious investigatory side of Milk in First.
The other, more subtle theme, one which I find far more interesting, is delving into the inevitability of seeing one’s parents or elders, once pillars of strength, decline in their parental role as they grow older; indeed, often times, deteriorating completely. Over time, one begins to feel a small but progressive shift in intra-family power and responsibility, and no one has control over that.
What happens is, one finds themselves taking that power- not in the fashion it occurs in Milk in First, but metaphorically - in one’s mind it occurs with similar impunity, out of sheer necessity and without a shred of guilt.
– Bastiaan Koch