Battle Memorial Hall are screening the film ‘Soylent Green’ this Wednesday (26 September) at 7pm. Tickets are 50p with a suggested donation of £3. The Memorial Hall is on Battle Abbey Green, near the pedestrian crossing. Nearest parking is Mount Street Car Park.
It should be of interest to REG members with its theme of over-population. We are not there yet but with the world population predicted to rise to 9 Billion by the middle of the century – who knows?
The film was released in 1973 and is based on the novel by Harry Harrison. It won a Nebula Award for “Best Science Fiction Film” and marks the final screen appearance of Edward G. Robinson. It predicts a Malthusian future for the human race; overpopulation has overstressed the food-production capacity of the planet, resulting in desperation at all levels. Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) shares an extremely tiny “apartment” with retired researcher Soi Roth (Edward G. Robinson). In the overpopulation depicted here, it is impossible to get anywhere without walking over, under, or around someone. Thorn has been hired to investigate the murder of a top industrialist (Joseph Cotton), the man whose company manufactures the life-sustaining wafers called Soylent Green, the only means of survival for the swarming hordes of poor people.