Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today

Science fiction films unpacked to explore the impact of technology on workers and society today. Produced with the support of the Centre for Future Work’s Carmichael Centre.

December 2022

Minority Report

featuring Mark Dean

This week*, Duncan and Mark review 2002’s Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise along with Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow (a regular on this podcast) and Neal McDonough. This is a film loosely based on Isaac Asimov’s short story The Minority Report. Seriously, by loosely we mean that the

November 2022

Wall-E

featuring Mark Dean

What happens when your pet dog has a disagreement with your laptop? You can’t publish this week’s episode last week like you were supposed to! Despite the delay (we’re very sorry, comrades), it’s Wall-E time! And what perfect timing given recent events – Wall-E depicts an idiotic future that only someone like Elon Musk could

October 2022

Predator

featuring Mark Dean

US military imperialism, meet your biggest threat: a full-scale Soviet invasion force on your Latin-American doorstep. This film also features a highly advanced extraterrestrial lifeform hunting humans for sport. Only one man, and his crack special forces team of muslce-bound misogynists, can put an end to both. Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today is sponsored by the Carmichael

Starship Troopers

featuring Mark Dean

In Episode 2, Duncan and Mark review Starship Troopers, the 1997 Paul Verhoeven and Ed Nieumeyer film that is part tragedy, part comedy, all comment on the farce that is a future in which Nazis have been normalised and the cast of Melrose Place do humanity’s shooting, spaceship driving and brain-bug hunting. Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today

September 2022

Robocop (Pilot Episode!)

featuring Mark Dean

In the Pilot episode of Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today, Duncan and Mark talk about Robocop, police union strikes, privatisation, gentrification, deindustrialisation and all the other fun things that late-stage capitalism has gifted the world. Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today is produced with the support of the Carmichael Centre within the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute.

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