90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest

The Atomic Cafe with Charlie Shackleton

July 8, 2022

Sam Clements is curating a fictional film festival. He'll accept almost anything, but the movie must not be longer than 90 minutes. This is the 90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest podcast.

In episode 84 Sam is joined by filmmaker Charlie Shackleton, director of unique new film The Afterlight (82 mins). 

Charlie has chosen the darkly funny archive documentary, The Atomic Cafe (86 mins), directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and Pierce Rafferty. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements.

Sam and Charlie discuss The Afterlight's unique distribution plan, the transporting power of The Atomic Cafe, and the challenges that would have gone into making a film like this in 1982. 

Watch The Atomic Cafe online via Plex, or on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber's Kino Classic Collection

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Hosted and produced by @sam_clements. Edited and produced by Louise Owen. Guest star @CharlieShack. Additional editing and sound mixing by @lukemakestweets. Music by @martinaustwick. Artwork by @samgilbey.

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