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  • August bulletin Posted on 04 August 2016

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    "Guns, tanks, bombs... they're like toys against them!"
    -The War of the Worlds

     

    Hello everybody,

    Merry August.

    The newsletter is mostly film stuff again this month. I’m going to stop apologising for a lack of book bits from now on, I’m also going to stop suggesting when/if the Showcase will be updated, because, well, I don’t always manage it. As I’m sure you can tell, the film club has developed a life of its own and I just run out of time each month to do everything that I’d like to do. Unfortunately that means the bookshop often takes a backseat. So it goes...

    Science Fiction Theatre // August
    On Wednesday 10th August we're rocking up to The Prince Charles Cinema for our contribution to 'Check the Gate', a new season dedicated to films on film.

    A collaborative celebration of the big screen celluloid experience, we scoured Park Circus Films' extensive collection of 35mm prints and picked one of the most important and influential science fiction films of all time... The War of the Worlds (1953):

    Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they're no match for the aliens' force field. Forrester and Van Buren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens' weakness...

    The film will be preceded by a talk from Barry Forshaw, author of the BFI study of The War of the Worlds, who will discuss everything connected with H.G. Wells’ massively influential novel – Wells himself, the classic George Pal/Byron Haskin film, the Steven Spielberg remake, and the many alien invasion films from the 1950s to today’s major successes.

    Tickets are £8.50 or £6 for PCC members, available from their website.

    We’ve got an absolute doozy of a poster for this one:

    Designed by the amazingly talented Rosie Ryott, whose website is full of awesome things, please check it out.

    A3 prints of Rosie’s illustration (minus our branding funk) are available to buy from the shop.

    Science Fiction Theatre // September
    On Monday 26th September we're back at The Victoria with a really exciting fact and fiction combo. The main event is a screening of Andrew Niccol’s 1997 classic Gattaca, arguably one of the finest sf films of the past 20 years:

    Vincent (Ethan Hawke) dreams of becoming a space pilot, but in the world in which he lives only those people with prime genetic material can attain the top jobs. Determined to succeed, he makes a deal with the genetically-perfect Jerome (Jude Law) which will provide him with fresh daily samples of Jerome's urine, skin and hair, thus allowing him to fake his identity and find a place on the Gattaca space program. The plan starts off working perfectly, but when one of the company's directors is murdered and Vincent becomes the main suspect, it can only be a matter of time before his secret is revealed...

    The film will be preceded by a talk from Richard Ashcroft, professor of bioethics at Queen Mary University of London, who will examine the idea of human improvement through biotechnology, and the space between utopia and dystopia.

    Advance tickets for this one are a measly £3.50 from the shop.

    In what can only be described as a ‘newsletter exclusive’, we’ve got another amazing poster for the event:

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    Designed (and beautifully painted) by Jessica Alcaraz.

    Again, A3 prints of Jessica’s illustration are available to buy from the shop.

    Science Fiction Theatre Podcast
    After a brief hiatus we're firmly back in the groove with not one, not two, but three new podcasts for your listening pleasure.

    First up, if you missed our July screening you can now listen to Professor Jeremy Gilbert's brilliant introductory talk from the event, Dystopia Now, in which he examined whether the dystopian futures depicted in sf films and books of the 70s and 80s were just satires on their time, or accurate predictions of what our culture would be like.

    Next up in SFTP #22, Dan and I got together after July’s screening to talk all things The Running Man – the film’s production, its legacy, our favourite moments, and why we chose to screen it at the film club.

    Last but not least, SFTP #23 is a good old fashioned review show. Bit of a catch up this one, in which we talk about our favourite films from the spring, including Midnight Special, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Evolution

    You can stream all of our podcasts via the website and/or mixcloud, or you can subscribe, for free, via itunes. And please leave a review/pass on any feedback if you have any, we always want to hear what you think.

    Social media round-up
    A few things of note from the past month:

     

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    Ok that's it bye bye bye
    Graham

     

    Next month...
    "I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science"
    -Gattaca

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