Dystopian visions

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“May you live in interesting times” quoted Robert F. Kennedy in 1966 purportedly based on a Chinese curse. Well we certainly seem to be deeply into an “interesting time” historically. Culturally, there has been a flourishing of dystopian visions in pop culture as a result. From radio to TV and Fine Art, here are a few suggestions for your perusal and to inspire your thinking.


Forest 404 (BBC Drama 2019)

First World Problems (BBC Drama 2018)

Dangerous Visions (BBC Drama – upcoming, not yet broadcast)

Plus a selection by Popular Science of Dystopian Drama podcasts here.


Black Mirror (Netflix)

Years and Years (BBC Drama)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu/Ch4 UK)

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

Fine Art

Talking Presence, 1987, Sonia Boyce.

Talking Presence, 1987, Sonia Boyce.

Bad Dream, 2019, AC One.

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger’s ceramics and installations here.


V for Vendetta (2005)

Brazil (1985)

Children of Men (2006)

Idiocracy (2006)

Plus a list of IMDB’s top 100 Dystopian movies here.


1984 George Orwell (1948)

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood (1985)

The Road Cormac McCarthy (2006)

Plus a list of ABE Books best 60 Dystopian novels here.

Further Reading

Making Art in Dystopia

Changing times in a contemporary dystopia: How does art respond to politics?


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