EXCLUSIVE

Final draft: scripting the apocalypse

6 minutes

A secret UK committee drafts a message to be played in case of nuclear attack

In 1973, fearing a Soviet nuclear strike, a UK government committee was formed to write a message to be played from the British Broadcasting Corporation’s secret bunker in Scotland during a worst-case-scenario attack. Irreverently constructed using declassified documents and scenes from the BBC’s drama-documentary The War Game (1965), Final Draft: Scripting the Apocalypse is a darkly comic, Kubrickian examination of the deep weirdness of modern warfare.

Director: Scott Calonico

Producer: Erin Osborne-Martin

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