The Future on Film: World on a Wire
An extended Sunday session screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s surreal noir-epic, World on a Wire, followed by a panel discussion.
Join us for an extended Sunday session screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s surreal noir-epic, World on a Wire: a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future.
The noir-spiked story centres on a familiar sci-fi theme: the possibility that this entire world exists entirely inside another world, perhaps as a computer simulation. Fassbinder’s reluctant hero, Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch), is a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy. At risk? (Virtual) reality as we know it. Released in 1973, this two-part, three-and-a-half-hour science fiction project was initially made for West German television and was only recently rediscovered. It offers a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses.
1.15pm – doors
1.45pm – part 1 of film commences
3.40pm – interval
4.15pm – part 2 of film commences
6pm – event concludes
This film is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.