Saturday, 25 March 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 99: Mon Apr 10

Threads (Jackson, 1984): Barbican Cinema, 8.45pm


This film is part of the 'What London watches: Ten Films That Shook Our World' season at the Barbican. You can find the full details here.

Barbican introduction:
A devastating speculative account of the effects of a nuclear attack on Sheffield at the onset of World War III, BBC drama Threads was nominated for seven BAFTA awards after its 1984 release.  Preparing for their marriage, Jimmy and Ruth (Reece Dinsdale and Karen Meagher) are almost oblivious to the international political tensions caused by the USSR’s invasion of Iran. But when Sheffield – home to vast resources and an RAF base – is bombed by a thermonuclear device, they must learn to survive as their home is turned into a desolate wasteland. Probably one of the most authentic portrayals of nuclear winter onscreen, Threads is horrifying and fascinating, brutal and powerful – a stark warning to humanity of the real, human effects of nuclear war.

Here is Guardian Film critic Peter Bradshaw's take in the newspaper's .Horror: the film that frightened me most. series.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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