Past screening

Time Bomb Y2K

Directed by: Marley McDonald, Brian Becker
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: PG

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Directed by: Marley McDonald, Brian Becker
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: PG
Topics: History & Archive

Cast your mind back to the year 1999 - The Matrix had just come out, music sharing site Napster launched, Ricky Martin was Livin' la Vida Loca... and as the dawn of the new millennium approached, panic spread across the globe over a potentially fatal error in computer code: the millennium bug.

Time Bomb Y2K documents the countdown to New Year’s Eve against the backdrop of the mass hysteria that spread from computer engineers to the mainstream consciousness, and infiltrated everything from politics to pop culture.

Crafted entirely through archive footage, Time Bomb Y2K is a wild ride through the final days of the ’90s, offering a dose of nostalgia with a side of perspective. It explores a pivotal moment in our relationship with technology at a turning point in the digital revolution.

Spoiler alert: the global computer system didn’t malfunction at midnight on December 31st and we lived to tell the tale. Happy New Year!