Fantastic Machine

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BBFC RatingFantastic Machine

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Director(s)Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
LanguageEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Arabic
CountrySweden, Denmark
Running Time1HR 28MINS
Extra InfoPartially Subtitled
SeasonMain Programme

From executive producer Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness), Fantastic Machine is an enthralling documentary that explores, explains and exposes our unchecked obsession with the moving image.

Filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck turn their cameras directly on society itself to take a look at how our obsession with images 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.

Content warning: this film features images of real dead bodies and flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

“A searing and shocking examination of our popular culture.” -

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