The 2012 Doomsday Festival at 92Y Tribeca is already in full swing and we’re happy that tomorrow, Sunday (October 21), Incognitum Hactenus is co-presenting a screening of the 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic film The Quiet Earth.
The Quiet Earth shows us the unthinkable, the end of the world, as a result of a manmade shift in the fundamental fabric of the universe. Here, rather than seeing a dichotomy of the old versus the new (such as the zombie film), life (or Life) itself is obliterated. We only experience this “world without us” as Eugene Thacker would term through three characters who are quite literally the living dead (spoiler: they were in the process of death when the effect happen, thus allowing them to live, sort of). Their process of discovery and inherent knowledge that they are not long for this new world along with their loyalty to the old way of existing is as comfortable as it is frightening. The Quiet Earth is a slow and steady film into the lonely abyss.
IH co-editor will be doing an introduction to the film and Doomsday Fest has selected an incredible short, These Blazeing Starrs! Comets by Deborah Stratman, to play before the film. Starts at 6pm but we recommend getting there even earlier as this a fabulous series of shorts starting at 4pm!