Dir. Mark Cousins | 2015 | 69mins | UK | Australian Premiere
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mark Cousins’ Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise offers a visceral investigation into the positive and negative ramifications of life in the nuclear age. An experimental essay film assembled using found-footage, the film eschews narration for a brooding original score by Scottish post-rocker’s Mogwai.
Atomic bravely explores not only the devastation wrought by nuclear power; showcasing footage of protest marches, Cold-War instructional safety videos and the disasters of Chernobyl and Fukishima, but asks the viewer to consider the myriad benefits of living in an atomic age. Cousin’s authorial voice shines through luminously in this post-modern montage that combines artful repetitions of material, poetic juxtaposition and arresting visuals of horrific beauty. Atomic is an impressionistic kaleidoscope, a sensory experience at once dream-like and nightmarish, that will move you to the core.