The Future of Work and Death
Directed bySean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh
Written bySean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh
Produced bySean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh
Narrated byDudley Sutton
Edited byWayne Walsh
Music bySean Blacknell
Gadfly Productions
Distributed byFirst Run Features Journeyman Pictures
Release date
  • 25 September 2016 (2016-09-25) (Raindance Film Festival)
Running time
88 mins

The Future of Work and Death is a 2016 documentary by Sean Blacknell and Wayne Walsh about the exponential growth of technology.

The film showed at several film festivals including Raindance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Academia Film Olomouc and CPH:DOX.[1][2][3]

In May 2017 it received an official screening at the European Commission.[4] It was distributed by First Run Features and Journeyman Pictures and was released on iTunes, Amazon Prime and On-demand on 9 May 2017.[5] The film was made available on Sundance Now on 27 November 2017.[6] A companion piece to the film, The Cost of Living, a documentary concerning universal basic income in Britain, was released on Amazon Prime on 8 October 2020.[7][8]


World experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience, and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two 'certainties' of human life; work and death. Charting human developments from Homo habilis, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, the film looks at the shocking exponential rate at which mankind has managed to create technologies to ease the process of living.

As we embark on the next phase of our adaptation, with automation and artificial intelligence signifying the complete move from man to machine, the film asks what the implications are for human fulfilment in an approaching era of job obsolescence and extreme longevity.



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  4. ^ Beard, Matthew (2017-03-02). "No more 'death & taxes' – but do we really want to live forever with nothing to do?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ "What's new on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime and Hulu for May". ABC News. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ "Stream The Future of Work and Death". SUNDANCE NOW. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  7. ^ "The Cost of Living - Review". One Room With A View. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  8. ^ Moore, Alicia (2020-09-12). "The Cost of Living Documentary Film Review". UK Film Review. Retrieved 2020-12-23.