d. Wilhelm Sasnal / Poland / 2010 / 70 mins
Downstairs @ Prince Charles Cinema (London, UK)
The overwhelming majority of post-apocalyptic or dystopic visions served up to cinema audiences – dominated, naturally, by the character-lite, formulaic plotting of roaming gangs of Hollywood writers – present a humanity which exists purely to overcome adversity, re-populate the Earth and live happily ever after. And yet it surely seems more likely that the survivors of some cataclysmic event would eventually continue to do exactly what they did beforehand: wander through life with purposeless abandon, look after their own interests above anything resembling the common good, and sit around awaiting instruction on what to do next. It might make for challenging viewing at times, but thankfully it is precisely this sort of vision which Polish artist and filmmaker Wilhelm Sasnal serves up in his second feature, Fallout.