Bad-taste cult movies can save us from the dystopian nightmare of Trumps America, says the Drive director
This is a frightening time to be alive. For the past six months, Ive been shooting in America, and it seems increasingly clear were now living in a dystopian reality TV show. America has always had a tendency towards the operatic but, fuelled by the hand grenade of insanity that is Donald Trump, its reached new heights of hysteria. This means even the smallest developments are heralded as either the end of the world or the second coming.
Its terrifying. It is also thrilling. We are appalled by what we witness unfolding each day essentially, the destruction of the American way of life by its own administration but were also inescapably gripped by it. This is a very exciting time in our history.
Certainly, we have to embrace such an apocalyptic time, because the alternative is hand-wringing inertia, and thats perfect for those in power. Whenever theres any kind of enormous global shakeup, theres bound to be paranoia and insanity, but out of earthquakes come opportunities. Even Trumps fierce arrogance and distaste for his fellow man is good. Its revealed how many people and politicians share such a view, and our exposure to such hypocrisy is healthy.
We need to be pushed out of our comfort zones of complacency, and, for most of us in the west, an easeful life. Im not advocating physical pain, but I do believe mental pain can be a way to stimulate and reset the brain.