'fascinating... this searing and shocking examination of our popular culture, where content is king... truth to power and comedy to video...'
'Seeing is believing in Fantastic Machine, an entertaining, whistle-stop tour through two centuries of image-making from the first precious photograph to an era in which everyone is a potential "content provider".'
– SCREEN DAILY
'a world in which image is king, and a society that both revels in and struggles with the power it wields... fascinating... The huge amount of archive footage is well chosen, with much that surprises...
it’s a revealing – and sometimes humorous – selection that shows that many of our concerns and ideas about cameras and imagery have been there since their very invention.'
'art about art...
surprisingly accessible and entertaining project...'
– POV MAGAZINE
'A fascinating, humorous and even frightening look through our obsession with the lens and what we allow it to see and what we ask it to say about who we are and the world it captures by our whims.'
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What happens when humanity’s infatuation with itself and an untethered free market meet 45 billion cameras…
Filmmakers Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck (Ten Meter Tower, Jobs For All!) once again turn their cameras directly on society, this time to explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown to change our human behavior. From Camera Obscura and the Lumieres Brothers all the way to Youtube and the world of social media, the film chronicles how we went from capturing the image of a backyard to a multi-billion- euro content industry in just 200 years. With an exclusive use of archival and found footage, the film uses the very medium it examines, in a self-reflective yet hilarious montage.
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL FROM JUNE 7