Anti-Villains: Embracing the Matrix

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“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” Almost twenty years have passed since a man of limited emotional range but impeccable hair chose the red pill offered him and fulfilled his dial-up-internet-Christ destiny by overthrowing humanity’s oppressor. But as the age of Alt-Right frogs and Twitter demagogues brings us ever closer to the scorched sky ‘desert of the real’, isn’t it time we asked “was Agent Smith right, is humanity a virus? And should we in fact welcome, with open arms, the benevolent, binary-coded, dictatorship of The Matrix?”

Craig McClure, Embracing the Matrix

If you’re tired of Rebel Heroes, try an Anti-Villain! While Glasgow Film Festival 2018 celebrates the former, Physical Impossibility considers the latter – the love-to-hate them, so-bad-they’re-good, well-meaning scum of the cinematic earth. They’re the charismatic antidote to the basic brave. They’re the pitiable something-to-proves versus the got-it-all-worked outs. They’re the misunderstood altruists working towards the greater good, defeated by the short-sighted smart-arses. And they’re any time Alan Rickman wears a beard. Join Physical Impossibility’s cadre of experts as they discuss all the times you wish the good guys had lost.


Anti-Villains, 6.30pm 22/02/18 at CCA Glasgow. This event will be BSL-interpreted.

This is a free but ticketed show. Free tickets will only be available on the day from the venue where the event is taking place, when the CCA box office opens. First come, first served (maximum 2 tickets per person).

Keep up-to-date with the Anti-Villains Facebook event here.

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