Whether they be tales about the perils of technology (Airport), environmental catastrophe (The Day After Tomorrow), or sci-fi armageddon (Cloverfield) disaster films have long been a Hollywood staple. How have disaster movies evolved throughout the years, and what do they say about our shifting societal fears? Stephen Keane is a lecturer at Bath Spa University in Great Britain, and the author of the book Disaster Movies: The Cinema of Catastrophe. [Originally broadcast on WLUW’s Under Surveillance in December 2008.]
Disaster Movies, w/guest Stephen Keane
Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.