Pop Up Screens, the outdoor cinema experience, returns this summer

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Pop Up Screens are delighted to announce their return to London with an enormous season of outdoor cinema packed with feel good movies, guilty pleasures, and cult classics that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Pop Up Screens invites you and your family to indulge in an evening that you won’t forget with your loved ones. Its ‘relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe’, praised by critics across the country will have you coming back year after year. 

This year, Pop Up Screens will span across eight london parks and open spaces over three months, launching on 9th July at Coram’s Fields with the fan favourite, The Craft

Pop Up Screens offers films for fans of all genres; including smash hit musical dramas such as The Greatest ShowmanA Star Is BornBohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. For audiences wanting nostalgia, fans will be able to revisit fan favourites Back To The FutureThe Goonies and Dirty Dancing and many more. 

Join us for a movie or two and you’ll find a great environment, along with a bar, and some of London’s best street food traders.  

Pop Up Screenings Full Listings

9 July – Corams Fields – The Craft
10 July – Corams Fields – The Greatest Showman
11 July – Corams Fields – Bill & Ted Face the Music
16 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – 10 Things I Hate About You
17 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – Dirty Dancing
18 July – Bishops Park, Fulham – The Goonies
23 July – North Greenwich – 500 Days of Summer
24 July – North Greenwich – Grease
25 July – North Greenwich – Back to the Future
30 July – Hillyfields, Brockley – The Goonies
31 July – Hillyfields, Brockley – Dirty Dancing

1 Aug – Hillyfields, Brockley – Greatest Showman
6 Aug – Corams Fields – JoJo Rabbit
6 Aug – Corams Fields – Pretty Woman
6 Aug – Corams Fields – Ghostbusters
13 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Jaws
14 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Bohemian Rhapsody
15 Aug – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – The Greatest Showman
16 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – The Greatest Showman
17 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Moonlight
18 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Philadelphia
19 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – The Beach
20 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Dreamgirls
21 Aug – Guildhall, City of London – Priscilla Queen of the Desert
27 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – Bohemian Rhapsody
28 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – The Greatest Showman
29 Aug – Manor House Gardens, Hither Green – A Star is Born

3 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – Rocket Man
4 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – A Star is Born
5 Sept – Bishops Park, Fulham – The Greatest Showman
10 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Dirty Dancing
11 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Jurassic Park
12 Sept – Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith – Rocket Man
17 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – The Greatest Showman
18 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – Notting Hill
19 Sept – Kennington Park, Oval – A Star is Born

 Tickets for Pop Up Screens can be bought at popupscreens.co.uk

200 Cinema Seats for Essential Workers from Pop Up Screens

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The sell-out Christmas experience Cinema in the Snow returns for its 6th year to a new home in Peckham
Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Copeland Park and Bussey Building with ‘Cinema in the Snow’ – and to spread some much needed Christmas cheer they’re giving away 200 seats to essential workers.

The festive-themed cinema will kick off as soon as Lockdown lifts on 03 December with Gremlins and feature new and classic movies like Elf, Love Actually, Last Christmas, Home Alone and The Holiday until 20 Dec.

To enter the lottery, essential workers (that’s health care and social professionals, those working in education, the postal services and in supermarkets, fire services police and armed forces) need to fill in the sign up form which can be accessed here: https://mailchi.mp/popupscreens/frontline-workers-giveaway Winners will be chosen at random and each will receive two tickets to a screening of their choice (the full T&C’s can be found below the sign-up form).

If you’re not an essential worker but still want to book, tickets (priced from £16) can be booked by visiting
https://popupscreens.designmynight.com 

All COVID-19 safety precautions can be viewed here. Tickets will be refunded if events are cancelled due to COVID-19.
 

‘Cinema in the Snow’ from Pop Up Screens launches with new dates

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The sell-out Christmas experience returns for its 6th year to a new home in Peckham


Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Copeland Park and Bussey Building with ‘Cinema in the Snow’ – a stunning cinematic Christmas experience set in a magical snow-filled wonderland.

After adjusting the dates due to the COVID pandemic, the festive-themed cinema will kick off on 02 December with The Greatest Showman and feature new and classic Christmas movies such as: Last Christmas, Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Muppets Christmas Carol and The Holiday.



The sell-out experience returns for its sixth year to a new home at Copeland Park, bringing the North Pole to South London. Visitors will enter through a magical wardrobe and discover an enchanting snow-filled winter wonderland before they grab a mulled wine and cosy up amongst the icy firs for their favourite Christmas movie.Cinema in the Snow is part of a series of events taking place at Peckham’s popular Bussey building, including the Forbidden Forest Cinema, Halloween screenings in a spooky indoor forest which took place (23 October – 05 November).



Adult tickets will be priced from £19.50 with concessions for family (group) tickets.  Tickets can be booked from www.popupscreens.co.uk
 
Our COVID-19 safety precautions can be viewed here. All tickets will be refunded if events are cancelled due to COVID-19.

Pop Up Screens Kicking off ‘Pop Up Peckham’ Event Series with The Forbidden Forest Cinema

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Independent cinema Pop Up Screens is back this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Bussey Building with a season of exciting and immersive events.
 
Taking place from 23 October to 20 December, the ‘Pop up Peckham Series’ will feature scary screenings in a forbidden forest, belly laughs at the first ever Peckham Comedy Festival, a half-term family film fest and the return of ‘Cinema in the Snow’  – a stunning cinematic Christmas experience set in a magical snow-filled wonderland.
 
The Forbidden Forest Cinema (23 Oct to 15 Nov)
 
Kicking off the schedule of events will be The Forbidden Forest Cinema, a collection of immersive fright night Halloween screenings.
 
Visitors must brave their way through a forbidden forest before discovering an eerie woodland cinema, the perfect setting for their favourite film. 
 
Films include Halloween horror favourites such as: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hereditary, It, Beetlejuice, Scream, The Shining and The Blair Witch Project as well as cult classics like Donnie Darko, Rocky Horror Picture Show, From Dusk Till Dawn, Labyrinth and The Craft (see full schedule below).
Half term screenings of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Onward, Moana, Minions and Toy Story 4 will also be part of the schedule, coupled with a family friendly magical adventure through the mysterious forest.
 
Adult tickets will be priced from £22 (incl. all fees), with concessions for family tickets and half term screenings. A limited amount of VIP tickets will also be made available at £27.50 (incl. all fees, premium seats, and a drink).
Other announced events that will follow later in the year include Peckham Comedy Festival (19 November – 22 November) and the return of Cinema in the Snow (27 November – 20 December 2020).
 
Tickets can be booked from www.popupscreens.co.uk

UK Theatrical Release: Max Winslow and the House of Secrets

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Munro Films is excited to be unveiling the new poster and announcing the theatrical release date of October 23rd for spooky family Sci-Fi, Max Winslow and the House of Secrets.

Starring Sydne Mikelle as young tech genius Max, Chad Michael Murray and Marina Sertis, the plot follows five teens, who are invited to the home of an eccentric billionaire to compete in a game to win his mansion. The night takes a dark turn when they become trapped in the house and are forced to face off against each other and an evil AI entity who controls everything in the house, including their fate.

Proven to be entertaining for all the family following a #2 spot in the US Box Office and an 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Munro looks forward to introducing this title to a UK audience for the first time.

Four-time Emmy Award Winning director Sean Olson is no stranger to the Sci-Fi Family genre after stewarding the multi award winning F.R.E.D.I in 2018. Max Winslow has been dubbed ‘Black Mirror for kids’ by its US audience and has been placed somewhere in between The Breakfast Club and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by reviewers.

UK Theatrical Release Date:
October 23rd
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Run Time: 1h 38m
Filming location: Arkansas
Cert: PG- tbc
Director: Sean Olson (F.R.E.D.I., The Other Mother)
Producer: Johnny Remo (F.R.E.D.ISaved by Grace)
Cast: Sydne Mikelle (lead), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: Picard 2020, Star Trek Generations, Family Guy), Jade Chynoweth (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)

UK VOD Release: Invasion Planet Earth

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invas.jpgMunro Films & Lightbulb Film Distribution are delighted to announce that the British independent sci-fi feature, Invasion Planet Earth, will have its UK release later this year.

A theatrical release date of 5th December has been set and the film will be released on Digital Download on 16th December, shortly followed by the DVD release on 30th December.

“After the death of his young daughter, Tom Dunn is a broken man. When his wife falls pregnant again, he cannot believe their luck. However, his joy is short lived, as on the very same day, the people of Earth become plagued with terrifying visions of the end of the world.

When a gigantic, all-consuming alien mothership appears in the sky and launches a ruthless attack on Earth’s cities, chaos and destruction follow!

Tom must find the strength and wisdom to save his wife and unborn child. However, first he must confront a shocking truth. A truth which threatens the key to the survival of the human race.

The ultimate war for Planet Earth is about to begin…”

The story of the production of the film is a remarkable one. A true passion project, Invasion Planet Earth has taken twenty years to make from inception to release.

The film, originally titled Kaleidoscope Man, is the brainchild of British filmmaker Simon Cox, who directed, co-wrote, edited, as well as supervised and produced the vfx. Taking inspiration from sci-fi classics such as Star Wars and The War of the Worlds, Simon began working on the film in the 90s, spending six years filming around the Birmingham area.

After years of pitching to the UK film industry and private investors, a small amount of money was raised which Simon used to produce a pilot and for concept art to be created. However, it soon became apparent that funding this movie in what was then, the traditional way, was not going to happen. In 2012, Simon took the bold decision to crowdfund the film using social media.

It took two years and seven campaigns for Simon and his team to raise a significant amount of money which enabled them to shoot around a third of the movie. These included a spectacular scene in Central Birmingham where nine hundred extras turned up, in an epic, War of the Worlds style battle scene.

Simon then found some investors who financed the rest of the movie. However, this took time and once the live action scenes were finally shot, the special effects took another two and a half years to complete. In total, the movie was in production for seven years with ten years before that in development. Such was the multitude of generous donors and patrons of this project; the film lists over 100 producers on IMDb!

Invasion Planet Earth will also include an end title song by Toyah Willcox (Jubilee, Quadrophenia) who also stars in the film. Matt Allsopp (Godzilla, Rogue One) provided original concept art for the film.

Both Munro Films and Lightbulb Film distribution were delighted to be releasing this testament to independent British filmmaking.

“Simon Cox had the vision and drive to make the kind of film he and sci-fi fans want to see. It’s the ultimate nostalgic homage and very effective,” says Munro Film’s managing director, Frank Smith. “There’s a clear fanbase, and Simon should also be applauded for engaging a community of fans for the film over the years, many of whom featured as extras in crowd scenes. They, along with sci-fi fans across the UK can now enjoy Invasion Planet Earth and we are very happy about that.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be releasing Invasion Planet Earth,” said Lightbulb’s Commercial Director, Matthew Kreuzer. “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this film for the past few months with Simon and his team. What he has created over the past 20 years is a fantastic action / sci-fi film with a nod to the sci-fi programmes we used to watch in the 70’s and 80’s (Dr Who, Blake’s 7, Space 1999 and Buck Rogers). It has such a cool retro feel about it and yet he has combined this with strong CGI elements, bringing it up to the modern day.”

Ahead of the UK release, the cast and crew will be present at MCM Comic Con Birmingham on Sunday 17th November, where they will be on a panel on the main stage talking Behind The Scenes of Invasion Planet Earth. Shortly after, Simon Cox will also lead a workshop on Creating Special Effects on a Budget.

Invasion Planet Earth opens in UK Cinemas from 5th December and is available on Digital Download from 16th December and DVD on 30th December. For one night only on 5th December, cinema screenings will be followed by From Dream to Screen, a documentary featurette by Simon Cox.

UK VOD Release: Deep Clean

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deepclean.jpgHalflife Films & DUST are excited to announce that hit sci-fi short film DEEP CLEAN will premiere on DUST on 23rd May

Featuring a lead performance from Game of Thrones’ Paul Kaye, the film has been a festival hit, winning over audiences at festivals across the globe, from Frightfest Halloween and London Short Film Festival, to SF Indie’s Another Hole in the Head (Best Sci-Fi), Knoxville (Best Film & Director) to London’s Comic-Con, where it was awarded its very own panel.

DEEP CLEAN will also have a special preview screening ahead of the World Premiere of hit horror comedy Shed of the Dead at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival on Saturday 18th May.

DEEP CLEAN is the new supernatural comedy sci-fi from director/co-creator Matt Harlock (American: The Bill Hicks Story) and comic artist co-creator Krent Able (I Feel Machine, VICE, NME). Matt and Krent teamed up with Ben Wheatley’s regular SFX collaborator Dan Martin (Sightseers, Highrise, Free Fire, Alien Covenant) and Territory Studio, the VFX team behind Bladerunner 2049 and Ready Player One, to bring the unique world of DEEP CLEAN to life.

What if the council road crews you see causing traffic jams every day were not what you thought? Kicked out of school, 16-year-old Alex has to spend the day with his estranged Uncle on a work placement. What he doesn’t know is that Deep Clean is a secret council unit hiding in plain sight whose real job is… blocking up inter-dimensional portals!

Halflife Films said:
“Gunpowder & Sky’s commitment to finding new voices in the sci-fi/horror genres is a creating an exciting new space for filmmakers to have their work seen by a global audience. Halflife Films is thrilled to be holding Deep Clean’s online premiere on DUST, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Thoughts from DEEP CLEAN’s Co-Creators:
“From an original concept by comic artist Krent Able and then developed with Matt, it was very important to both of us that the characters start firmly in the ‘real world’, and then subvert that naturalistic set up – as if Mike Leigh or Ken Loach were making a horror film! Creating a slacker road crew who secretly battle interdimensional creatures from below was also a hardcore world-building exercise, but that was the challenge of this particular film – to create a fantastical world with rules and a mythology from scratch.”

Deep Clean trailer from Halflife Films on Vimeo.

UK VOD Release: Shed of the Dead

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sotd7DM Studios, in association with Oceanstorm Films and Williams Bulldog Management, are excited to announce that their riotous new zombie comedy, Shed of the Dead, will be available on Digital Download release from 20th May. 

Witness the hilarious and grisly journey of Trevor, a 30-something man-child and war-gaming enthusiast, and his best friend, Graham, as they attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.

The film features a host of British talent including Spencer Brown, Lauren Socha (Misfits), Emily Booth (Doghouse), and Ewen MacIntosh (The Bromley Boys, The Office). In addition, British actor Brian Blessed will be lending his unmistakable booming vocals as the film’s narrator. The film also features US horror icons Kane Hodder (Friday 13th, Hatchet), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest).

An ‘urban fear’ grips the tenants of an inner city allotment when the long-predicted apocalypse finally arrives. Gardeners, of all levels of green-fingered ability and produce-preference, are afraid to venture onto their plots, especially late at night. And even then, when they can summon enough courage to so do, there is no safety in numbers. For the dead have risen from the depths beneath the cabbage patch, and the rows of sweet pea, hell bent on mischief, mayhem and consumption of the living.

Only the nimble fingered “figurine war-gamer” Trevor, aka ‘Casimir the Destroyer’, and his best friend Graham, the knightly “Sir Brandt”, stand between the devilish hordes of undead and the salvation of mankind – well at least in their alter-ego fantasies they do. Until, of course, one dark night as they look beyond the confines of Trevor’s little wooden shed, they discover that the world has truly fallen into the hands of the undead – particularly Trevor’s allotment tenant neighbours. Now Trevor must venture into the unknown to save his wife, Bobbi, and her ‘capricious’ friend Harriet, from a world gone to chaos. And in so doing, become the hero he has always fantasised he was.

Shed of the Dead will be available on Digital Download from 20th May



Release Date: 20th May
Director: Drew Cullingham
Cast: Spencer Brown, Ewen Macintosh, Lauren Socha, Emily Booth, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Bill Moseley & Brian Blessed
Credit: Smart Dog Productions / 7DM Studios
Genre: Horror-comedy
Cert: 15
Running Time: 86 mins
RRP: £7.99 SD, £9.99 HD
Release Platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Virgin Media & Sky Store

Applaudience: Avengers Endgame to break records

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avengersendgame.jpgAvengers: Endgame set to become the top grossing film of 2019, surpassing £22 million in advanced ticket sales.

It will come as little surprise to most but after a very quiet Easter Box Office Weekend, data experts Applaudience have forecast that Avengers: Endgame will match the astronomical financial expectations set by the previous films, and is set to become the highest grossing film of 2019.

Due to the very warm weather over the Easter Weekend and the prospect of Avengers: Endgame launching in the following week, ticket sales were desperately low last weekend, without a single film making over the £1m mark.

This weekend’s forecast, however, will make delightful viewing for cinemas chains across the country, with 3.25% of the entire UK having already purchased advanced tickets.  As of Midday today, a staggering 1,177,613 tickets have been bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates.

This means that Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advanced ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates (based on an average opening weekend ticket price of £10.28 and all dates of £10.24).

Applaudience have confirmed that Avengers: Endgame will beat predecessor Avengers: Infinity War‘s hefty £29m Box Office opening weekend in 2018.

This will propel Avengers: Endgame to 2019’s No.1 and will take some feat to replace before the end of the year.

“Sold out” showtimes for Avengers: Endgame
Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional Statistics

Applaudience data highlights how cinemas in the East of England have sold out of the greatest amount of Avengers: Endgame tickets in UK, with 34.3% of the total seats available in the region being pre-booked. This high percentage is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). More rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total seats available being sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland.

 

Applaudience have uncovered that the most popular time to head to the cinema for Avengers: Endgame this weekend is 7pm this Friday (26th April), with 80 cinemas reporting screenings that have sold-out or reached 95% capacity, with only corner and front-row seats left to book. 

However, time seems to be no obstacle for Marvel fans this opening weekend with 95% capacity sold out screening being reported every hour from 8am to 11pm across the opening weekend, with 904 screenings reaching this capacity in total over the weekend.

Most popular times: Friday: 17:00 – 21:00 | Saturday: 13:00 – 20:00 | Sunday: 13:00 – 16:00



UK Premieres at Sci-Fi-London Film Festival

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fonotune.jpgThe SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2019, which runs from 15th May until 22nd May across London, will showcase a fantastic lineup with 5 world film premieres, 11 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!

UK Premieres include:

FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE
Dir: Fint, 2018, Japan/Germany, 74 mins, Japanese/German (English subtitles).

The world will end soon, so what to do? Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and a mute drifter cross the white desert to experience the final performance of the mysterious rockstar hero.

This visually stunning work MUST be seen on the big screen.  Its soundtrack will leave you humming and tapping for days to come, and its beautiful production design burns your brain.

The film stars Kiki Sukezane (Westworld) and features performances by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Stereo Total.

“Is it daft punk? Is it THX? No, it is FONOTUNE, and you will never forget it.” SFL


ALIEN ADDICTION
Dir: Shae Sterling, 2018, New Zealand, 90 mins, English.

New Zealand is beautiful, and often we only see the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes and not the everyday life of your average stoner.Riko (Jimi Jackson) lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash-landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens, and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions.

“Raw and real as Peter Jackson’s “Bad Taste”, more bro’ than Taika Waititi’s “Boy”, and up there with Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” as a debut indie film. Garth Bray, Amazon”SFL


AXCELLERATOR
Dir: David Giancola, 2019, 93 mins, USA

Dane (RYAN WESEN) was going to steal one last car before he quit forever, but is disturbed by Tomas, an inventor being chased by the police, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A.

Trapped in the manic crossfire, Tomas passes a device to Dane, who is teleported miles away into the arms of Kate (LAURA JAMES, S*W*A*T). She could be the girl of his dreams except for the global conspiracy he has just embroiled her in. The FBI’s Ray Moritz (MAXWELL CAULFIELD, Grease 2) wants to destroy it, Amanda Graham (SEAN YOUNG, Blade Runner) wants it for the C.I.A., and rogue agent Sy Devol (JOHN JAMES, Dynasty) has his sinister plans.

Sy unleashes his brutal assassin, Brink (SAM J. JONES, Flash Gordon) who leaves a trail of corpses behind him while pursuing the ‘Axcellerator’ device. To stay alive, Dane and Kate must discover the Axcellerator’s secret. An exhilarating rollercoaster ride reminiscent of 80s blockbusters – a classic, fun action thriller

John James is confirmed to attend, others TBA.


AFTER THE LETHARGY
Dir: Marc Carrete, 2018, 82 mins, SPAIN

Sara, a journalist with a keen interest in UFOs, receives a video from a paranormal researcher, talking about a hotspot for landings and sightings. She travels to the forest to meet the researcher and meets the park ranger who tells her of a dark character who lives alone deep in the woods and the abandoned retreat. Soon she discovers the truth about the UFo sightings and must fight for her life.

“All-out monster, promising a mesmerising mix of terror and adventure” Bloody Disgusting

“Takes hybridisation to extremely graphic proportions'”Dread Central

“Old school sci-fi horror at its finest, great twists and turns, seat of the pants thrills and some truly gross-out moments.” SFL


THE FINAL LAND
Dir: Marcel Barion, 2019, 113 mins, Germany, German (English subtitles)

Across the bleak wilderness, the prisoner has escaped, looking for a rumoured ship that might get him off-world.  One of his pursuers discovers him aboard the craft and instead of turning him in declares he also wants a way out and together they fly away. But who built the ship and where did it come from, more importantly, where are the crew?  As they try to answer these questions, they hear a strange signal and obsessing on its origin head toward it.

This feature debut by Barion is a testament to what performance and pragmatic use of resources can achieve.  At times it feels like ALIEN, at others like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

“An outstanding science fiction story that never once reveals a low budget.” SFL


LAST SUNRISE
Dir: Wen Ren, 2018, 104 mins, China, Mandarin (English subtitles)

In a future reliant on solar energy, the world falls into chaos after the sun disappears, the skies are lit only by the stars and the temperature is rapidly dropping; eventually, oxygen on Earth will be exhausted.   Yang, a reclusive astronomer, and Mu, a neighbour he hardly knows, must find their way to a supposed sanctuary located in District Four.

Ren’s debut film has a unique take on end of days stories with spectacularly realised special effects showing how different our world, and everything that we take for granted in it, would look in the absence of the Sun.

“It is fantastic to see China producing high concept and stylish indie sci-fi, don’t miss this one.” SFL


MAJIC
Dir: Erin Berry, 2019, 82 mins, CANADA

Bernwood (Paula Brancati, Slashers) is an anti-conspiracy video blogger.  She spends all her time debunking conspiracy theory until she gets a note from an old man claiming to have worked for the legendary Majestic-12 (aka majic), a secret US spy agency, created after the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.  So begins her trip down the rabbit hole looking for answers as reality as she seems to know it is unravelling.

“Sitting squarely in X-files territory and plays brilliantly with alternate realities and what we perceive to be real” SFL


ARTIST DEPICTION
Dir: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, 2018, USA, 82 mins, English.

Conceptual artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice have helped bring NASA projects to life. Their incredible pioneering artwork, which helped define the aesthetics of futurism and space travel, is ubiquitous; and yet these artists have always been hidden behind the scenes until now.

The second documentary that Bonowicz has had at the festival, last year we screened CLOSER THAN WE THINK about conceptual artist Arthur Radebaugh. Again, Bonowicz delivers a love-letter to concept art and design.

“If you’ve got an eye on the future, then learn about those who’ve helped shape it.” SFL


CHASING EINSTEIN
Dir: Timothy Wheeler and Steve Brown, 2019, 81 mins, USA

Einstein’s vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919.

Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein’s theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of ‘matter’ that has yet to be detected.  The search for this missing “Dark Matter” will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics.

Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm-shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?


LUCID
Dir: Adam Morse, 2018, 86 mins, UK

A young man practices an experimental form of therapy after his enigmatic neighbour offers to help him overcome social anxiety and win the girl of his dreams.

Isolated in a big city with no friends, young Zel simultaneously fears and craves intimacy. He has a pitiful obsession with a dancer called Jasmine and is caught spying on her by an eccentric neighbour Elliot (Billy Zane) who offers to help him win her heart.

Lust leads Zel on an intense subliminal adventure as Elliot teaches him how lucid dreaming can be used to practice the art of seduction but will Zel be able to charm Jasmine in reality? This thought-provoking film, with great cinematography and luscious production design, will stay with you for a long time.


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