Fantastic Machine | reDiscover

The camera is a fantastic machine – here's a few reasons why. To celebrate the release of Fantastic Machine, be moved by the moving image with this spectacular selection that looks into the lens and beyond.

The Picturehouse Team

05 Apr 24


The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders' affecting portrait of photographer Sebastião Salgado.

Film Club | From 5 April | Book Now

Peeping Tom (4K Restoration)

The slasher finds its start in Michael Powell's story of a murderous filmmaker.

From 13 April | Book Now


Jordan Peele's terrifying twist on the summer blockbuster.

From 20 April | Book Now

Fantastic Machine

See the brand new, searing, Sundance-winning documentary! 

From 19 April | Book Now

Salt of the Earth screens in our Film Club strand, with tickets just £1 for Picturehouse Members. Find more on Film Club here.

About Fantastic Machine

The camera is a fantastic machine. To explore, explain and expose how our unchecked obsession with image has grown, filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximillien Van Aertryck turn their cameras directly on society itself to take a look at how this obsession has begun to change our behaviour.

From the Camera Obscura and the Lumière brothers to YouTube and the world of social media, Fantastic Machine chronicles how we went from capturing an initial image of a backyard to a multi-billion-pound content industry in just 200 years.

With exclusive use of both archival and found footage, this outstanding new film uses the very medium it examines in an exhilarating, hilarious and thought-provoking way.

Winner - Sundance International Film Festival | World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Creative Vision

See Fantastic Machine at Picturehouse Cinemas from 19 April - Book Here!

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Film Club - special screenings every week, curated by us, are just £1 for Picturehouse Members. All other tickets £8. Find more on Film Club and see the latest films here.