1hr 28mins

Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck's zeitgeist-spotlighting montage documentary compiles an extensive and eclectic array of media to detail the history of the camera, from the early days of the Lumière brothers to its ubiquity in our modern times, illustrating how the moving image - and the need to capture everything - now dominates our everyday lives.

This feature contains scenes of flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
Strong language, violence, sex references, images of real dead bodies
Swedish, English, French, German, Arabic

The camera is a fantastic machine. To explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown, filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck turn their cameras directly on society itself to take a look at how this obsession has begun to change our behaviour.

From the Camera Obscura and the Lumière brothers to YouTube and the world of social media, Fantastic Machine chronicles how we went from capturing an initial image of a backyard to a multi-billion-pound content industry in just 200 years. With exclusive use of both archival and found footage, this outstanding new film uses the very medium it examines in an exhilarating, hilarious and thought-provoking way.