Climate Change, the Anthropocene, and European SF
This chapter argues that we cannot divorce climate change from its economic drivers, taking in analysis of two unconventional sf films in the process: Franny Armstrong’s ‘sf documentary’ The Age of Stupid (2009) and Tarik Saleh’s fully animated sf Metropia (2009), which imagines the consequences for the EU when corporations begin to subsume the social functions of states. Despite their formal differences, both films present systemic critiques of Europe’s central role in forging the Anthropocene. Focus will then shift to the post-ecological disaster films Hell (Tim Fehlbaum 2011) and The Quiet Hour (Stéphanie Joalland 2014), wherein current anxieties pertaining to issues such as border control or economic crises are rendered moot by the complete collapse of European civilisation.
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