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  • November bulletin Posted on 01 November 2016

    [This latest update is taken wholesale from the November newsletter. If you'd like to get these emailed to you once a month, sign up here]

     

    "There's no way to get hurt in here, just enjoy yourself"
    -Westworld

     

    Hello to you,

    Relatively short and sweet this month – there’s the final SFT event of the year to tell you about, two new podcasts, and a social media round-up. I lag behind on the book stuff, will do my best to make amends by the time the December newsletter rolls around.

    Science Fiction Theatre // November
    Not only is November’s event our last of 2016, but it's also the film club’s third birthday. This month three years ago I screened the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the back room of the Duke in Dalston, and boom, a thing was born from out of my head. 35 events later (35! that is technically 'loads') and here we are. Time flies eh? EH? Hmm. My love and thanks to everyone who has come along to a screening, bought a poster, said nice things, told their friends, or clicked the like button - your encouragement and support is invaluable.

    Aaaand, back to the present. On Monday 28th November we’re screening Westworld, the 1973 thriller written and directed by Michael Crichton:

    After paying a sizable entrance fee, businessman Blane (James Brolin) and lawyer Martin (Richard Benjamin) take a dream holiday to the newly opened technological paradise Westworld, a futuristic theme park offering its visitors all the thrills, but none of the dangers, of the old Wild West, which is recreated by supposedly harmless robots. However, when one of the computerized gunslingers (Yul Brynner) malfunctions, the two city slickers find themselves in a battle for their lives…

    Tickets are just £3.50 in advance (BUY ME), and let it be known that we’ve sold quite a few already - if you’re thinking of coming along reserve your seat(s) asap. Last month's screening sold out with over a week to go so don't leave it too late.

    The poster for this month’s event was designed by our very own Daniel Huntley and he’s gone and done good. Real good. I’m chuffed with how this has come out. If you missed the reveal on facebook and twitter last week, feast your eyes:

    We’ll be giving out postcards of the illustration to guests on the night, and A3 prints are for sale in the shop.

    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

    Science Fiction Theatre // The Survey
    If you’ve attended any SFT event this year, we’d really appreciate your feedback – what you liked, what you didn’t like, how you heard about us, and so on. To that end we’ve set up a very brief online survey which will help us improve our future screenings, and we would just love it if you took a moment to fill it out. Please and thanks.

    Science Fiction Theatre Podcast
    Two new podcasts since I last emailed:

    Episode #26 is dedicated to all things Gattaca. Dan and I discuss its production, it’s legacy, our favourite moments, and why I chose to screen it at the film club.

    Episode #27 is your common or garden review show, in which we chat about Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce, under the sea monster horror Leviathan, time travel thriller Arq, and the documentary Dark Star: H .R. Giger’s World. It’s a good one this (if I do say so myself), a really fun set of films. If you haven’t listened before it’s a decent jumping on point.

    You can stream all of our podcasts via the website and/or mixcloud, or you can subscribe, for free, via itunes. If you like what we're doing, please review/share, and get involved - tweet at me (@scifitheatre) or Dan (@HYPHYHUNTLEY) with your views on any of the films discussed.

    Social media round-up
    Bits and pieces of note from the past month:

    • The legend of Ridley Scott's I Am Legend.
    • The excellent Film On Paper commissioned Thai artist Tongdee to reimagine a poster for Predator, and the result is out of this world.
    • Ray Harryhausen's original dinosaur drawings for One Million Years B.C (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year).
    • In 1961 Roald Dahl hosted his own sf/f/h anthology show called Way Out.
    • The Arrival - a "a gloriously odd 90s sci-fi film" starring Charlie Sheen.
    • How Alex Wells created the artwork for the Folio edition of I, Robot.
    • A wonderful New Yorker piece on "the fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin".
    • Caribbeansf.com - recently launched, their aim being to become the "nexus for all things Caribbean SF/F".

     

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    Ok, that’s all folks. Expect a brief email at the end of the month to remind you about the Westworld screening.

    Adiós
    Graham

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