- Gillian McKendree
THE INSPIRATIONS OF THE ARCHIVIST: Part 1
Updated: Jul 5, 2020
The idea of the future has always filled mankind with a curious mixture of hope and trepidation. The Archivist explores such a future “where the past is forbidden, memories are treason,” and reading is considered “cultural terrorism”. Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction classic Fahrenheit 451 explored a world where “firemen” are charged with burning books. When speaking with the director of The Archivist on the relation and inspiration of Fahrenheit 451, Eric Hand had this to say:
“The Archivist explores a similar irony to Fahrenheit 451. In Bradbury's book, fireman don't stop fires, they start them; in our film Archivists don't preserve the past, they destroy it".
Bo Gardner and Hand clearly had a vision for this film, but what is art without inspiration? Here are a few key visual inspirations shot on film, influenced by Ray Bradbury, that made it into The Archivist.
ARCHIVING IN THE ARCHIVIST