Still not convinced? Don’t just take our word for it, check out some of the first reviews from the SXSW premiere!
Sound on Sight says “Disaster Playground is succinct, bombastic, and a great, fun look at a grave, literally larger-than-life matter… Separated by flippantly philosophizing narration, the documentary plays as if Michel Gondry invaded top scientific offices and decided to make a safety instruction video complete with ridiculously charming props.”
MOMA curator Paola Antonelli comments “It’s Dr Strangelove meets This is Spinal Tap. You straddle a big red phone and go on a wild ride along a chain of command that is complex and exhilarating.”
Nature says: “Disaster Playground is a visually arresting roller-coaster ride through California and the American Southwest, featuring interviews with high impact scientists from NASA, the Sandia National Laboratories and elsewhere. The film is certainly a designed experience.
Ben Hayoun ferries a bright-green toy dinosaur and a huge red telephone from interview to interview to represent the threat of mass extinction and the alerts needed to save the world from apocalypse. She uses offbeat camera angles, a pulsing soundtrack from rave band The Prodigy and title screens with giant capital letters to create a frenetic pace. Ben Hayoun coaxes scientists into the closest thing they may ever achieve to performance art.”
“Ben Hayoun draws out the facts and the opinions of her subjects with infectious charm; she makes a wild goose chase for official information engaging and visually dynamic,” says the Austin Chronicle.
SXSW Festival Director Janet Pierson singled out Disaster Playground as one of the 6 Highlights From SXSW 2015: “It’s pretty nuts. The Director comes at it from a completely different perspective. It’s a space movie.”
Bustle also acclaimed Disaster Playground as one of the 17 Female-Directed Films From SXSW 2015 That Everyone Needs To See
A Q&A profile about Nelly and Disaster Playground can be found on Indiewire.
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