Roxy Bar & Screen, London Bridge, 7pm
This is screening as part of the Scala Beyond, a six-week season celebrating all forms of cinema exhibition across the UK, from film clubs to film festivals, picture palaces to pop-up venues. You can find more details here at the website.
Here is the Roxy Bar & Screen Introduction: Societies are sundered and man becomes animal in a double bill that celebrates Britain’s despairing take on the art of collapse. From the colonial crises of H. G. Wells to the transformed landscapes of J. G. Ballard, our parables have been saturated by the impending doom of imminent catastrophe. Filmbar70 presents two visions infused by the sensibility of the kitchen sink – the ‘70s eco plight of ‘No Blade of Grass’ and the ‘80s nuked nightmare of ‘Threads’, the most horrific vision of radioactive desolation put to screen. So, make yourself comfy and welcome to a world where the remnants of civilisation have been swept aside and man competes in the savage wasteland of his own making. Just keep telling yourself “this could never really happen…”
No Blade of Grass (1970)
A virus spreads across the globe, decimating our livestock and destroying our infrastructure in this adaptation of John Christopher’s novel. An earnest and often bleak vision of a Britain where the social codes of old have been abandoned to make way for brute force and chilling ruthlessness.
Here is the trailer
Push the button! Designed to scare the bejesus (and succeeding admirably!) out of an already paranoid nation, this British take on the war to end all wars unflinchingly shows the horrific results when the cold war gets very, very hot. Barry Hind’s terrifying vision builds from bland domesticity to a doomed future where the vestiges of humanity fade away in an irradiated wasteland. A truly mortifying and unforgettable experience.
Here is the opening