JG Ballard & Punishment Park
from Ballardian, posted over 9 years ago
From the Londonist, July 18, 2005:
“We only just got around to seeing Peter Watkins’ Punishment Park – we figured we’ve waited for 35 years… what’s another week or so matter. Now we’re kicking ourselves for not getting along to the ICA sooner so we could recommend this to you guys earlier. We caught the very last screening yesterday afternoon, but we still want to mention the film as it’s due for a DVD release in the Autumn.
It’s what Watkins describes as a psychodrama as the cast are mostly not actors and the script tended to be improvised and mirrored the beliefs of those voicing them. The exception to that were some of the right-wing authority figures who were played by ex-policeman and on the whole believed that the characters portrayed in the film were a danger to society.
Society was scared enough to not watch the film again for almost four decades.
The set up is...