From now until the end of December, The BFI IMAX at Waterloo is showing an educational and entertaining programme, centering around the weird and wonderful world(s) of Sci-Fi. Three themes will be featured – Tomorrow’s World, Altered States and Contact, and by combining a fascinating mix of both short and feature length films, this is a brilliantly geeky and satisfyingly strange alternative to your usual Christmas-themed goings-on at cinemas across the UK.
Tomorrow’s World concentrates on the futuristic side of Sci-Fi. Both the fictional visions of the writers and factual interpretations of science are considered, and we’re in for cinematic treats both old and new. Extracts from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, filmed in 1927, are some of the earliest examples in the genre, while other classics such as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) and Schlöndorff’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) will also be shown.
Altered States looks at famous characters (both actual and fictional), and the way their minds and bodies cope during space missions, as well as their encounters. This section of the programme also features the various monsters, aliens, mutants and mindwarps involved in Sci-Fi’s film world, and offers treasures such as Robert Stevenson’s The Man Who Changed His Mind, filmed in 1936, James Cameron’s The Terminator, and Michel Gondry’s emotive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from 2004.
Contact has a self-explanatory title, and explores the new frontiers discovered and relationships formed in classic Sci-Fi adventures from around our world. Wallett Waller’s 1913 A Message From Mars is now over 100 years old and a captivating watch indeed, while Byron Haskin’s War of the Wolds, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Robert Zemeckis’ Contact make welcome pop-culture additions to this more light-hearted sector of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Festival.
On an even more upbeat note, DJ Yoda is creating a new show especially for the BFI IMAX this December. Widely appreciated as a master of mash-up between film and music, ‘DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies’ is a must-see for any dance music cross Science Fiction fans – and we know there are lots of you out there.
This unique event is taking place from now until the 31st December, with hundreds of screenings of each film screening from 9am to 10pm daily. Tickets vary in price according to the film and its schedule, but you’re looking at anywhere between £10 and £18 per adult, and around £15 for a family of 2 adults with 2 children. You can find all the listings and booking information on the BFI IMAX’s website.
We couldn’t help booking seats for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 3D while we were there…just for a little festive treat!
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