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Summer Of Sci-Fi

Come with us on an adventure through space and time as we explore the outer reaches of the universe in our Summer Of Sci-Fi season!

Taking place throughout June, July and August, we have films and events brought to you by all of our favourite film clubs: Science Fiction Theatre, Zodiac, Pinc, No Bollocks, Queer Horror Nights, Pitchblack Playback and, of course, the all-mighty Cine-real with a real 16mm treat.

Classic films, modern films, animations, music; truly something for everyone, and we’re not even finished yet. There are still some gems out there we’ve our trusty tractor beam aiming to bring home, so look out for further announcements soon!A scintillating vortex of cinematic joy awaits to envelope your senses and open your mind… see you there!

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Tue, 9 Aug

Alien

"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company.

Fri, 12 Aug

Science Fiction Theatre presents: Midnight Special

After rescuing his son, Alton, from a fundamentalist religious sect who are convinced his supernatural abilities are the key to their salvation, Roy (Michael Shannon), Alton, and their bodyguard Lucas (Joel Edgerton) go on the run for their lives. But what starts as a desperate escape from a fearless cult soon attracts the attention of the FBI who believe the boy to be a threat to mankind’s very existence. With the trio’s fate hanging in the balance, Roy will stop at nothing to keep his son from harm and uncover the truth behind his powers, a discovery which could change the world forever… Science Fiction Theatre is a film club dedicated to the exploration and celebration of classic science fiction.

Wed, 17 Aug

Pinc presents: The Stepford Wives

What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who’ve created this high-tech terrifying little town... Pinc presents you an opportunity to revel in the joy of camp cinema (as well as some of our own guilty pleasures along the way). We hope to see you there!

Fri, 19 Aug

Queer Horror Nights presents: Possessor

Queer Horror Nights presents DADDY ISSUES?, a trans-morphing double dose of sci-fi body horror from the biological father and son of the sub-genre: David Cronenberg’s THE FLY (1986) and Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR (2020). "LOSE CONTROL” Cronenberg Jnr. invested heavily in the family farm with his sensational sophomore feature, POSSESSOR (2020). A gob-smacking slice of sci-fi mayhem, POSSESSOR is about an assassin (Andrea Riseborough) whose consciousness can be transplanted into, and take control of, someone close to her next target. Inevitable glitches in the system result in catastrophic side-effects for both the parasite and her latest host (Christopher Abbott). POSSESSOR uses practical, gender-switching gore effects to amplify its hallucinatory violence to the ultimate extreme. POSSESSOR will be presented with an introduction by your horror host, TOKEN HOMO, and you’re invited to linger in the venue bar afterwards for a social. Queer Horror Nights is a film club devoted to queer, cult and classic horror cinema. Follow your co-hosts @tokenhomo x @lastframeclub for all the gory details. Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub

Tue, 23 Aug

No Bollocks Presents: Melancholia

A beautiful movie about the end of the world. As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) arrives for her wedding reception in her sister's mansion home, her big day resurfaces a battle against her own inner demons. Whilst at the same time Earth is threatened by an imminent collision with Planet Melancholia - whose presence becomes increasingly ominous as the film moves towards its truly spectacular finale. Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her performance, and stars alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt and Alexander Skarsgard in Palme d’Or winning director Lars von Trier’s beautifully shot apocalyptic disaster movie.

Wed, 24 Aug

Zodiac Film Club x Final Girls Berlin: Sci Fi Shorts + Q&A

We're excited to be joined by Snowflakes director Faye Jackson to discuss womxn in sci-fi filmmaking in a Q&A hosted by Zodiac Film Club's Sarah Kathryn Cleaver. This will take place before the screenings at 18:25, so please arrive in good time. - Final Girls Berlin are back with an evening of sci fi horror shorts, presented in collaboration with Zodiac Film Club. In an isolated forest, a desperate young man is ready to finally part ways with his sex robot girlfriend, after an AI nanny attacks her employer an investigation team must determine what caused the attack, young woman wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body and more... Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. They are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre. - CC (14:03)
Directed by the Spear Sisters, USA, 2018
After an AI nanny attacks her employer an investigation team must determine what caused the attack. Lovely Legs (9:59)
Directed by Abby Thompson, USA, 2018
In an isolated forest, a desperate young man is ready to finally part ways with his sex robot girlfriend. Together they realize the pain of goodbyes. Ava in the End (10:02)
Directed by Ursula Ellis, USA, 2019
After tripping over her dog and dying, a young woman wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body. Real Artists (12:10)
Directed by Cameo Wood, USA, 2017
In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job. But when she discovers the truth of the modern “creative” process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film. Snowflakes (14:48)
Directed by Faye Jackson, UK, 2019
Esther and Miriam are being forcibly deported from the US to Jamaica, when there's an outbreak of a deadly virus and they're left to deal with the aftermath. The Walking Fish (18:59)
Directed by Thessa Meijer, Holland/Japan, 2019
An ambitious amphibian sea-creature wants to venture into the human world. Her dream to evolve into the perfect individual is so strong that she overcomes the physical boundaries of her fish-body and transforms into a human being. But even as a young woman she remains restless. Will she ever be content? neurotica. (20:00)
Directed by Laura Moss, USA, 2019
A chronic procrastinator meets an otherworldly being responsible for giving humanity its great ideas. WOMXN (5:00)
Directed by Adrien Peskine, France, 2018
Jane Dark lives and studies in the Noir-Et-Cher. Whenever her community is harassed by Europe Normale Police. She turns into the super shero WOMXN helped by her mate: a womanoïd Dolphin in a spaceship called the KORA Mother.

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