1565 – True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

spacetime coordinates: colonial Australia 1867 – 1870s – 1880

True History of the Kelly Gang is a 2019 bushranger film directed by Justin Kurzel, written by Shaun Grant, and based upon the 2000 novel of the same name by Peter Carey. A highly fictionalized account of the life of bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly, the film stars George MacKayEssie DavisNicholas HoultCharlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe. (wiki)

Its unusual approach won’t be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia’s past. (rottentomatoes)

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“Such is life”

1559 – Now Apocalypse (TV Series 2019)

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Now Apocalypse is an American comedy television series that aired for one season of ten episodes from March 10 to May 12, 2019, on Starz. The series was written by Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino. Araki also was director and executive producer alongside Steven Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs. Starz canceled the series on July 26, 2019. Araki later stated that he was shopping the series to other networks.

Ulysses, his friends Carly and Ford, and Ford’s girlfriend Severine navigate love, sex, and fame in Los Angeles. Troubled by sinister, premonitory dreams, Ulysses wonders if the end of the world as we know it is coming, or if he is simply suffering some kind of marijuana-fueled delusions. (wiki)

This is all perfectly well-made, candy-coloured fun as well as being a bang up-to-date exploration of 21st-century sexual identities (co-written by Araki with sex columnist Karley Sciortino), albeit one in which everyone looks amazing all the time. Boyd Hilton / Empire Magazine / rottentomatoes

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1557 – Dredd (2012)

spacetime coordinates:  2134. United States – dystopic irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth. / Mega-City One (running from Boston to Washington DC), a violent metropolis with 800 million residents and 17,000 serious crimes reported daily. / Peach Trees, a 200-storey slum tower block /

Dredd is a 2012 British / South African science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd, a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, dystopic metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are forced to bring order to a 200-storey high-rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). *unrelated to the 1995 film Judge Dredd. (wiki)

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1556 – The Faculty (1998)

spacetime coordinates: 1990’s Herrington High School in Ohio

The Faculty is a 1998 American science fiction teen horror film written by Kevin Williamson, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and starring Elijah WoodJosh HartnettShawn HatosyJordana BrewsterClea DuVallLaura HarrisRobert PatrickBebe NeuwirthPiper LaurieFamke JanssenUsher RaymondSalma Hayek, and Jon Stewart.

Haleigh Foutch considers The Faculty as one of the most iconic 1990s teen horror movies: “Yet another win from 90s teen screenwriter in chief Kevin Williamson, The Faculty fused Williamson’s knack for snappy teen drama with Robert Rodriguez’s subversive camp to fantastic results. It’s smart without ever taking itself too seriously and campy without ever losing its cool, drawing proudly from the tradition of classic alien invasion movies and casting them in the 90s teen tradition.” – Influences and legacy – (wiki)

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