This film is part of Free

Pretend You'll Survive

Nuclear nightmares realised in cartoon form by a Yorkshire women’s collective that advocates protest over pointless preparation

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1981 9 mins


Protect and survive? This activist cartoon from a Yorkshire women’s collective argues that the Government’s public information message on preparation for a nuclear attack is just a pretence. The only way to survive was to protest against such an outcome ever happening. The film also make a connection with the potential for an environmental catastrophe through the use of nuclear power.

The roots of the Leeds Animation Workshop began in 1976 when a group of women came together to make Who Needs Nurseries? - We Do! Over forty years on and they are still going as an all women’s co-operative, releasing They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers' Story in 2015.