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CenSAMM Film Night 2 / "The Last Wave" & "2012" FREE Movies & Pizza! PG13
Wed 5 April 2017, 17:00 – 22:30 BST
This two-day event presents a series of popular films drawing from millennial movements and their apparent connection to violence. Highlighting both traditional and alternative religious movements, the selections highlight a number of recurring themes: environmental concerns; familial and societal breakdown; prophecy; ancient “wisdom”; conspiracy theories.
The films will be introduced by Dr David G. Robertson of the Open University and the Religious Studies Project, and the floor will be open to comment and discussion following each film.
April 5th 5.00pm - The Last Wave (Peter Weir, 1977), 2012 (Roland Emmerich, 2009)
The second pairing look at millenarianism from indigenous and secular traditions. Peter Weir, who made a number of films drawing on alternative religion, directed The Last Wave in which a homicide, unusual weather (note the environmental subtext again) and aboriginal shamanism are interwoven into an unusual apocalyptic narrative. 2012, one of a number of apocalyptic films from Emmerich, draws ostensibly on Mayan mythology, but the then popular 2012 millennial narrative draws in fact more on New Age traditions. This is in fact supported by the films underlying theme of cooperation and forgiveness against rigid institutionalism, and the violence emerges both from the natural disaster and from the panicked response by those in charge. Interestingly, Woody Harrelson’s conspiracy theorist character is a cliché, yet interestingly turns out to be correct.