Saturday Matinee: Threads

“Threads” (1984) is an apocalyptic cautionary tale written by Barry Hines, directed by Mick Jackson, and originally aired on BBC  2. It’s a docudrama depiction of nuclear war and its devastating effect on society and in particular two families in Sheffield England. Various news media reports describe the events leading up to the war (precipitated by aggressive US movements against Iran). With unflinching realism, the film depicts the sudden nuclear attack and devastating aftermath including medical, economic, social and environmental consequences. Should be required viewing for all chickenhawk neoliberals, though some may be too psychopathic to rethink their pro-war convictions.

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