Wednesday, September 20, 2006

And I looked, and behold a pale horse

I would encourage everyone to check out The War Game, a BBC fictional documentary by Peter Watkins which was never shown due to governmental pressure. Appearing to be the first of what is now a genre of "aftermath" movies from Briggs's sublime When the Wind Blows to ABC's The Day After Guttenberg-fest, it's in equal measures frightening, harrowing, and an ultra-realistic depiction of what might have been.

I grew up in the 80's of Reagan, Thatcher, and Haughey and remember the all pervasive fear of nuclear war. Survivalist books were on the best seller lists. Chernobyl gave us in Europe an idea of the widespread damage a nuclear detonation could do. Even Tomorrow's World got in on the act with a special programme simulating a Soviet Nuclear attack being repelled by Reagan's fantastical SDI programme (if anyone can find something on this please let me know).

Of course, since I was only nine years' of age, I truly believed there was a nuclear attack. Thankfully Mr. Tuliť put me right the next day in school.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous jayne said...

i cant think of anything more intelligent to write than i used to really like tomorrows world.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous ferg said...

There was another (BBC I think) drama called Threads.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/

I also remember some other drama, set in a village where only this girl and a dodgy bloke survived. The village survived because it was in a valley and was sheltered from the nukes... :-)

I planned everything that I would do during the war. Then bloody Mad Max came along and I had to replan my survival strategy. After all I had to plan to wear Leather pants and have a shotgun. Essential to surviving the approaching holocaust!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

I watched Threads over the weekend and it works just as effectively as, if not more than, The War Game.

Very bleak.

10:25 AM  

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