Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Three week programme of low budget visions of law & disorder in the near future. 

Rarely/never screened.
Tuesday nights. 
Free entry. 
Two films per week, 7PM -> 10PM.

Venue: LongPlay (318 St Georges Road North Fitzroy 3068)

W E E K 1

Droid (1988) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/45/Droidvideobox.jpg
Cybernator (1991) http://www.vhscollector.com/sites/default/files/vhscovers/cybernator-vista1%20(VHSCollector.com)%20.jpg

Droid was cut together from a porno rip off of Blade Runner (Cabaret Sin,1987) and takes place within a garish, neon sexdrome inhabited by bombed out cyberpunks. Defies any conventional notion of 'meaning'. Economical gesturalism at it finest. Cybernator marries tired hard-man/lone-cop tropes to a threadbare aesthetic around human/cyborg relations in the near future. The budget mis-en-scene closer to the lived future under our present regime of economic rationalism than your standard dystopia.

W E E K 2

The Comic (1985) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3htEmUIUSo
Split Second (1992) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3htEmUIUSo

The Comic is a singular work by UK director Richard Driscroll (presently in prison for massive financial fraud). Depicts the slowly crumbling reality of a murderous stand up comedian in a droll future fascist state. Atmospheric and dreamlike with strange imagery and dark ambient soundtrack. Split Second is a mid-budget, subaquatic noir set in a submerged future London. Quickly falls into a knot of half-baked cinematic cliques. Features Rutger Hauer and Kim Cattrall.

W E E K 3

Crime Zone (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X6BJfFTAac
R.O.T.O.R. (1987) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJV3qFsaozE

Crime Zone is another in a long line of police state futures. Featuring Sherilyn Fenn and David Carradine. R.O.T.O.R. is an incredibly weak and tedious mishmash of Terminator and Robocop filmed in Dallas, Texas. The core of the movie is not against autonomous robotic execution but budget cuts to the police force….?!

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