PIIGS to the Slaughter

  • Aidan Power
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter examines how science fiction film has responded to the financial crisis in the Eurozone, with particular emphasis upon films from the so-called PIIGS nations of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain, all five of which were forced to implement ruinous austerity measures in exchange for the EU’s financial aid. Exploring the impact of the EU’s pursuance of a neoliberal agenda through the prism of science fiction, the chapter analyses the only sf film to emerge from Portugal during the crisis, before providing an industrial analysis of sf production in Ireland, the bulk of which curiously coincides with the advent of the economic crisis. In keeping with the continuing erosion of worker security across the EU in recent years, the chapter concludes with a study of precarity and the commodification of social life in The Last Man on Earth (Gianni Pacinotti 2011), a film that uses the trope of an impending alien invasion to shed light on latent inequalities across Italian society.


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  • Aidan Power
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  1. 1.University College CorkCorkIreland

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