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Threads

Year: 1984
Production Co: BBC
Director: Mick Jackson
Producer: Mick Jackson
Writer: Barry Hines

Referring to the fragile web of infrastructure and tradition that props up the way of life of the modern West, the title is about what happens when they unravel and break.

This film was the United Kingdom's answer to the watershed US TV movie The Day After and takes a very similar approach, interspersing a few everyday lives with scenes of official and government action rapidly spinning out of control.

Of course most people will be interesting in the attack sequences, and while pretty ropey given the effects technology of the time and the liberal use of stock footage, LA Story director Jackson still manages to make them pretty arresting through use of technique as people burn, buildings erupt and milk bottles melt on front doorsteps.

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