wasteland-ssJoin the survivors across the pond in Nitehawk’s post-apocalyptic U.K. program, THE WASTE LAND.

He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience – T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Visualizing a British dystopia that emerges out of the apocalypse has fueled our imagination since the early novels of Mary Shelley’s The Last Man (1826) and M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud (1901). This vivid and frightening new world came to life in cinema as films showed audiences what a possible future in the United Kingdom would look like after nuclear war, viral contamination, infertility, and a degradation of social structure. As Ben Wheatley’s new film High-Rise (an adaptation of the 1975 J.G. Ballard novel in which a class war erupts in a luxury London skyscraper) brings the idea of an apocalyptic undertaking back into theaters, Nitehawk explores the films set in the U.K. that envision the hell of living amongst the post-apocalyptic dust.

The Waste Land program includes midnite screenings of Doomsday (2008), Shaun of the Dead (2004), and 28 Days Later (2002); Brunch screenings of The Bed Sitting Room (1969), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), Children of Men (2006); and a special Booze & Books presentation of A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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