Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD
Critically acclaimed documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD arrives in the UK and offers a very welcome, surprisingly overdue account of legendary comic 2000AD, the title that gave birth to Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper, among others, plus major career breaks to creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum). For anyone interested in these iconic titles, and comic aficionados, or lovers of pop culture, Paul Goodwin’s documentary is a strong, tightly woven retelling of this fascinating history.
Charting the story of the multi-award winning publication, how it survived for 37 years and how it continues to be an innovator and major game-changer, the movie premiered to great acclaim at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 and enjoyed further success at FrightFest. Told through interviews and colourful visuals, the documentary is a funny, vibrant and passionate chronicle of how a band of talented British artists and eccentrics came together to create something very special. As such, it should peak the curiosity of anyone nurturing interest in both art and the creative process.
2000AD was notorious for being violent, edgy and anti-authoritarian and, as it introduced now-renowned artists to eager young fans, the film features quality interviews with its legendary artists and writers, intercut with dynamic visual sequences that pay tribute to the ground-breaking artwork the comic is famous for.
Truly insightful for both casual fans and long-time collectors, Future Shock! is a fascinating insight into a work of rebellious art which stemmed from the punk rock ethos of the UK during the late 70's.
Today, the brand has endured and, in some cases survived, big screen adaptations, tabloid controversy and internal politics. But it's great to see it enjoy such an enduring, lasting appeal, undisputed cult status and this movie pens an impressive telling of a wild and highly entertaining history.
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD is released in UK cinemas from 4 December and on DVD from 7 December courtesy of Metrodome.