This film was first shown in 1984 when the world was at the height of the Cold War. It brings home to the viewer the reality of what would have happened had there been a nuclear strike on the UK.
Set in Sheffield, Threads is a shocklingly realistic account of global nuclear war and it's horrific aftermath. The story unfolds with as the people of Sheffield in South Yorkshire go about thier daily lives. It's a normal Thursday afternoon when suddenly the East and West stumble into war and Britain is devestated by 200 megatons of nuclear explosive.
Threads is a chilling film, it tells the story of two families and we witness the immediate after effects of the attack - the shock, grief, radiation sickness, hypothermia and starvation. Threads follows the story as the months go by, hideous injuries remain untreated, looters are shot on sight, food supplies run out and many die in the intense cold of the nuclear winter.
The film reveals life 13 years on which reveals a depopulated Britain living below subistence level; a devastated economy where money has no value, crops fail through the lack of pesticides. No fuel and machinery; and a brutalised post war generation which grows up stunted mentally, physically and emotionally.
This really brings home to you the effects of nuclear war.
Written by Barry Hines; Produced and Directed by Mick Jackson. This is a BBC Television co-production with Western World Television and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.
Written in the 80's (a very poignant time for me as i was in my teens during the later stages of the cold war). It was written by Barry Hines, author of such classics as Kes, The Gamekeeper, The Blinder and The price of Coal; most of which have been televised.
Its all about the build up of war in the middle east and then into Europe, and finally into the UK, when a nuclear bomb goes off in Sheffield, where this film is based around. It is very graphic, and in some places quite shocking; i have watched The War Game, (1950's) and it is quite graphic, but this is even more so as it was made as recently as the 1980's, and has its roots in recent times.
We see the build up of forces and flashes of the news buletins we'd have seen then in real times; very real; people are panic buying, the local government is preparing the population for the worst but telling people to relax, and not panic buy, not to leave their homes as they WILL be taken by others.
Finally the attack happens, a bomb goes off in town; shortly afterwards another goes off at RAF Finningley about 25miles away, this does further and more devastating damage than the first one it seems.
It goes on from the attack to different times after it, and all the stages of effects at different time lines after it, up to about 13 years later, when the UK is now back in the stone age, and the population is a fraction of what it was before the attack; people are dying of Leukaemia and many different cancers, most people have very bad cateracts and cant see. The old and the young are gone, replaced by a generation who are now mentally, physically and emotionaly scared and deformed, uneducated;their only drive is survival.
Nothing will grow, even though the sun has now returned and shines and gives heat; but the ground is now saturated in radiation, there are no pesticides, no farm animals, no fuel, no heating and no electricity.
A very graphic and poignant reminder of what could have been in those times, and what could happen if things were to deteriorate again now that Russia is no more the threat it was; or so it would seem!
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This 1984 BBC TV docudrama depicts the effects of a nuclear war on the United Kingdom and its aftermath. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, Threads was filmed in late 1983 and early 1984 - a time when a nuclear attack on the UK was all too real. The premise of Threads was to hypothesize the effects of a nuclear war on the UK after an exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States escalates to include the UK.
The story focuses on two families from Sheffield, beginning two months before the attack. We watch their lifestyle and their reactions as fighting erupts and escalates, the UK places itself on a war footing, and strategic bombing commences. We then follow family members as they face, and sometimes die of, the medical, economic, social, and ecological consequences of a nuclear war. The film concludes thirteen years after, as civilization rebuilds to a stage similar to early industrial era. However, this post-war generation is severely damaged with young people unable to speak English, continued fighting amongst the public, rape and disease. Both the plot and the atmosphere of the film are extremely bleak. Not recommended viewing for children or those sensitive to disturbing imagery on TV.
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Review of Threads by Malx
A very powerful movie dealing with a nuclear attack on Sheffield. Orginally the movie was banned by the Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. The imagery is very frightening and you can understand why it was banned as it is a wake up call to the dangers of proliferation of nuclear weapons.
I had saw clips of the movie whilst studying modern history at university in the early 1990s; but had never saw a copy of the video/DVD in the usual outlets. To order it would have cost a fortune in either a store or the internet. I wanted to see the movie but wasn't prepared to pay a fortune for a movie that I probable only watch once or twice. Ebay was ideal. I got a very good deal on a second hand copy and to date I have only watched a part of the movie. I'm glad I didn't pay too much for the film as I can not bring myself to watch the complete show - especially after the nuclear attack
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Threads - BBC Brilliance!
I first saw this when it was shown on TV in the early eighties. At the time we were living in the cold war, russia was perceived as the only real threat and after the bay of pigs incident in the sixties there existed a climate of fear. As a 16 year old interested in politics and the whole cold war scenario this film (and the vastly inferior american flick of a similar theme) brought it home what could lie ahead if the mutually assurred destruction went ahead. Graphic in detail, amazingly realistic (even today, just replace russia with a middle eastern country or north korea) it basically scared the living daylights out of me and my friends. Today, we expect so much more from the special effects etc but even on a poor budget by today's standards it still delivers a terrifying tale of destruction, survival and the depths humanity will stoop to, to stay alive. It was the best advert for not pushing the button. I bought this because video was in its infancy at the time and the BBC have never repeated it to my knowledge. There's some well known (albeit much younger) faces in this, including Zak from Emmerdale... If you're interested in buying this, do, you won't be disappointed.
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