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Incidents in an Expanding Universe (1985)

| Sci-Fi | 1985 (UK)
2037. Rugged soldier Max and weary sculptress Nicky try to sustain a relationship in a bleak totalitarian future plagued by war, nuclear fall-out, and overpopulation. Flashbacks show Max ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Helps ... Max
Nicola Kench Nicola Kench ... Nicky / Sufi / Scavenger in Balaclava
Anton Beebe Anton Beebe ... Shades / Scrap Metal Gladiator
Annette Botha Annette Botha ... Mandy
Fiona-Jane Weston Fiona-Jane Weston ... Nicky (voice)
Gregor McElvogue Gregor McElvogue ... Max (voice)
Ashley Russell Ashley Russell ... Shades (voice)
Hilary Herman Hilary Herman ... Mandy (voice)
Brantley-Dean Beebe Brantley-Dean Beebe ... Young Beggar
Dean Beebe Dean Beebe ... Scrap Metal Gladiator / Fire-Escape Beggar
Pete Jurgens Pete Jurgens ... Beer Head
Mike Chase Mike Chase ... Trenchcoat Man
Marilyn Denbigh Marilyn Denbigh ... Scavenger in Camouflage Cap
Greg Copeland ... Green Army Commander / Scrabby Bearded Pretentious Filmmaker
Richard Stanley ... Clean Shaven Pretentious Filmmaker / Greasy Beggar / Green Army Gunner / 3-Eyed Mutant / Green Army Flag Bearer / Alien Vendor


2037. Rugged soldier Max and weary sculptress Nicky try to sustain a relationship in a bleak totalitarian future plagued by war, nuclear fall-out, and overpopulation. Flashbacks show Max and Nicky's doomed romance throughout the years as things get worse and the world deteriorates all around them. Written by Woodyanders

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Who needs a no-budget, home-made version of Bladerunner when we have the real thing?
14 September 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

An extra on the Hardware Special Edition DVD, Incidents in an Expanding Universe is an early 8mm effort from Richard Stanley that acts as a dry run for his cult cyberpunk sci/fi horror, featuring many of the elements that would eventually make it into that film (there's no shonky killer robot, but we do get a struggling female scrap-metal artist, a DJ called Angry Bob, an irritating pillock called Shades, big hydraulic doors, a character with a metal hand etc.,).

For fans of the director and his work, this 'short' from his amateur movie-making days will no doubt prove fascinating stuff, but for those who believe Stanley to be a plagiaristic hack and Hardware an over-rated, highly derivative mess, this home-made dystopic vision of the future will do nothing to change their minds.

Incidents in an Expanding Universe makes it clear to me that, right from the start, Stanley wasn't averse to stealing from the work of others, with many scenes uncannily reminiscent of Bladerunner (flying cars in rainy streets; smoky rooms with sunlight filtering through slatted blinds) and assorted details pilfered from the pages of 2000AD (muties, weather control etc). With the film being incredibly boring to boot, it easily qualifies as one of the worst DVD extras I've ever bothered to watch.

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