Kristian Nairn gets around. First, in Game of Thrones, he goes North of the Wall, where things don't exactly turn out all that great for his character Hodor. Now, in the short film Biopunk, he finds himself in post-apocalyptic New London repairing and selling junk. It’s about as pleasant as it sounds.
The YouTube channel Dust writes, “Biopunk is set in 2054, some thirty years after a virus has devastated half the world’s population and transformed them into something other than human.”
We don’t really get to see virus itself, although we do see its after-effects: a ravaged civilization. A sense of depopulation. Martial law. The threat of starvation. Here, Resha (Katie Sheridan) is on the hunt for her lost brother Kio (Benjamin Tuttlebee). We learn in a flashback just how he was stolen from her.
Nairn plays Bob, her grouchy boss. It soon becomes clear he’s actually her grouchy friend.
It’s a well made short film, worth the six minutes of your time. If nothing else, it’s worth it to hear Nairn—famous for his beloved character Hodor, who only spoke the word “Hodor”—use complete sentences.
But even in the post-apocalypse, Nairn uses linguistic affectations. He refers to himself in the third person, that is, "Bob." He also gets the best line here: “For Bob’s sake….”
Nairn never planned to be an actor. He was a DJ with a booking agent who occasionally sent him out on acting auditions, which is how he found himself auditioning for the role of Hodor. It’s nice to see him continuing his onscreen work, and actually getting more than one line.