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Fantastic Machine (15)

Fri 03 May 2024 - Wed 08 May 2024


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Rated 15


£9* | £5* DOCLAB Members/students/under 25s


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Fantastic Machine (15)

Dir. Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
2023 | 88 mins| Sweden
Swedish, English with English Subtitles

The camera is a fantastic machine. To explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown, filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck turn their cameras directly on society itself to take a look at how this obsession has begun to change our behaviour.

From the camera obscura and the Lumière brothers to YouTube and the world of social media, Fantastic Machine chronicles how we went from capturing an initial image of a backyard to a multi-billion-pound content industry in just 200 years. With exclusive use of both archival and found footage, this outstanding new film uses the very medium it examines in an exhilarating, hilarious and thought-provoking way.

Original title: And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine (15)

Showing Times

  • Fri 03 May: 8.05pm + Pre Recorded Q+A
  • Wed 08 May: 6pm

The screening on Fri 3 May will be followed by an exclusive, pre-recorded Q&A with directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck

BBFC Rating Details:

Rated 15 – strong language, violence, sex references, images of real dead bodies


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