BLACKHOLE: THE CINEMATIC ALIEN-NATION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
As part of the BFI Sci-fi season – TNB BHM 2014 will have Science Fiction as the theme of its annual Black History Month Programme and ask the question “Why are we, as a people, alien and alienated in western cinema?” The takeover of Stratford Picturehouse over the 5 Thursdays in October will also include, music, dance, fashion show and art exhibition in partnership with NUSHO.
Thanks to the generosity of Birkbeck and to engage the wider community, Fire In The Blood, Attack The Block, and The Anomaly, with Q&As from Birkbeck Lecturers, are free to the public!
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Thursday 2 October, 8:30pm
Robots of Brixton (short film)
US 2004. Directed by Alex Proyas. Running time 115 mins. (12A)
In its depiction of the near future, human beings have become almost completely dependent upon robots to carry out any given task from their everyday lives. As technology has advanced so too have the Robots capabilities, but each is programmed to obey humans without question and most importantly to never harm a human. Soon though, the human race’s sense of security is shattered when a scientist winds up dead and a humanoid robot is the main suspect. Everyone quickly becomes suspicious of their mechanised house servants and can only hope their safety is not at risk. Will Smith (Men In Black, ALI) stars as Del Spooner, the robot-hating Chicago cop who is assigned to the murder investigation.
£6.50 (Concessions available)
Thursday 9 October, 8:30pm
Many Moons (Short Film)
US 2013. Directed by M Night Shyamalan. Running time 100 mins. (12A)
A thousand years into the future, having abandoned a terminally ravaged Earth, humankind has colonised a distant planet, from which legendary space ranger General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) embarks on a routine mission with his wannabe-ranger son Kitai (Smith’s real-life son Jaden). But when their spacecraft crash-lands on Earth, a critically wounded Cypher obliges Kitai to retrieve a rescue beacon. Against terrifying odds, Kitai desperately tries to complete his mission and become the soldier even his father doubted he could be. From a story written by Smith Snr, M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) has fashioned a tense, visually amazing sci-fi heart-stopper.
£6.50 (Concessions available)
Thursday 16 October, 8:30pm
Pumzi (short film)
Fire In The Blood
US 2013. Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray. Running time 87 mins. (PG)
An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly and malice”, Fire In The Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire In The Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the crime of the century’ and save millions of lives in the process.
Thursday 23 October, 8:30pm
Noise Gate (short film)
Attack The Block
UK 2011. Directed by Joe Cornish. Running time 88 mins. (15)
Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. Leader of the youthful gang, Moses, (John Boyega) attacks a common alien enemy with the residents. It’s inner city versus outer space in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Thursday 30 October, 8:30pm
Touch (short film)
UK 2014. Directed by Noel Clarke. Running time 97 mins. (15)
Set in the near future a former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van with no memory of how he got there. Accused of kidnapping a child Ryan tries to put the pieces together but nine minutes and forty seven seconds later he loses consciousness again. Under impossible circumstances he has no choice but to search for the answers to the mystery behind his memory losses. Anomaly is a unique sci-fi thriller, directed and starring Noel Clarke (Doctor Who, Star Trek into Darkness, Adulthood), that explores the idea of mind control. Also featuring Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, Alexis Knapp, and Luke Hemsworth.
This event is supported by Film Hub London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
Part of the BFI Sci-Fi season.