Saturday 25 February 2017

O'Doherty: We're now living in our own dystopian movie

Apocalypse now: Riot police in Kos, Greece force Syrian refugees into an orderly queue
Apocalypse now: Riot police in Kos, Greece force Syrian refugees into an orderly queue
A Je Suis Charlie protest in Nice, France last January

Despite my sunny ­demeanour, I've always been rather obsessive about dystopian movies, particularly those that feature fictional news broadcasts in the background which offer a bigger-­picture glimpse of the disaster that is unfolding.

I doubt that I'm the only person who watched the increasing chaos from Kos, Calais and the Mediterranean without thinking of Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men.

We may not have reached the central conceit of the movie (based on the brilliant book of the same name by PD James), which is that women have stopped having babies and the human race is now dying, one by one.

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