Disaster PlaygroundNelly Ben Hayoun

WELCOME TO THE REAL “ARMAGEDDON” Hollywood relies on Bruce Willis to save the world in Armageddon, but who are the real-life heroes seeking to save our civilisation from the next major asteroid impact?

One of Indiewire’s six highlights of SXSW 2015, singled out by Janet Pierson as ‘pretty nuts’, Selected at Sheffield 2015 and raved by SoundOnSight as ‘bombastic’, Disaster Playground investigates future outer space catastrophes and the procedures in place to manage, assess, and minimize the risks.

We are so used to a particular version of disaster. We know what it looks like: Hollywood CGI. We know its characters: Bruce Willis as the ultimate hero, the scientist with terrible news, and the flawed president who is always presidential in a crisis. We know the dramatic rescues, the high-tech equipment, and the chain of command – that reassuring sense that someone, somewhere knows what to do…

The reality is, in fact, different. Disaster Playground is a ‘theatre of cruelty’, a critical platform where scientific surprise and its process can be more acclaimed than box-office success.

The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, DISASTER PLAYGROUND follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact.

Disaster Playground is a real film at the edge of space fiction: space decadence with a cutting edge approach through re-enactment of off-nominal situations by world-renowned space experts at NASA and the SETI Institute.

With an original soundtrack featuring electronic music label Ed Banger Records and The Prodigy.

Mildly comical Visually stunning Media

Vertoond op editie(s) 2016
Screened at edition(s) 2016


Directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun

66 min.
No subtitles


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Nelly Ben Hayoun


Lisa James

Production company

Evolve Media


Catherine Goldschmidt


Alice Powell


Evan Price

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