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The Rise of British Dystopias Like Clockwork Orange

Dystopian novels, movies and series are all the hype over the last few decades. Everyone almost takes for granted that these entertainment bits are a new inclusion in the world of cinema and entertainment. However, truth be told, the British film industry has a long relationship with dystopia and dystopic entertainment. Be it through novels or movies; they weren’t always a hit amongst the general public except now when everyone is willingly accepting it. Clockwork Orange, a 1971 film is a classic British dystopian movie with a horrific element that laid the foundation for many dystopias that followed.

The Rise of British Dystopias Like Clockwork Orange
The Rise of British Dystopias Like Clockwork Orange

Those who have seen the movie in the past are usually film study professionals and movie buffs who would not mind an artistic film. Today, the movie is embraced as being a classic in dystopic entertainment. So much so that the film is now coming back to the screen. The film was released at a time when the future of the country looked bleak with uncertainty, and a promise of an alternative condition was being suggested. The film again is being released at a time when the Brexit deal is in full force, and the future is very unpredictable.

Paving Hope During Times of Struggle

Other films that have the dystopic genre that has been massive hits from the British film industry are all platform layers for the unpredictable living conditions. While these films are close to the heart of film lovers, they did not speak to the homegrown movie buffs. Instead, it brought a lot of exposure to the film industry in Britain around the world. The dystopic movies were actually aimed at providing the country with a ray of hope when the political conditions seemed hopeless through history. While the big films were a ray of hope, other dystopic movies from Britain spoke a story of hopelessness and loss – something that frightened the public.

At an age when atomic bombs were on the rise, the films carried a sense of bleak to the public. Movies like ‘The Immediate Future’ gave the audience a sense of expecting catastrophe in the coming years, especially when anxiety was around. The fear of atomic bombs was lurking in the minds of the people, and the movies that followed in the dystopic genre did nothing to appease it. Showing the effects of nuclear bombs on children was not a pretty sight to the public, leaving a sour taste in their minds. Through time, Britain has brought the world some of the most terrifying and alternative universe movies that the world has enjoyed. However, whether the locals loved it or no, it spoke of their current state and struck too close to home. Today, with the release of these films, there is a trend to keep an open mind of what is to expect in today’s times, especially with Brexit looming in the corner. Speculation on the things to come is a promise and the film industry in Britain are charged with the rights to feed the imagination of a bleak future.