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  • February bulletin Posted on 01 February 2017

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


    "When the bomb goes off, there'll be a thousand mutations! Andromeda will spread everywhere! They'll never be rid of it!"
    -The Andromeda Strain



    Short and sweet this month - one film, one podcast, some social media gubbins, then gone. I hope you enjoy yourself.

    Science Fiction Theatre // February
    We're back at The Victoria on Monday 20th February with a screening of The Andromeda Strain (1971), Robert Wise’s cerebral adaption of the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton:

    After an errant satellite crashes to Earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that everyone in town are victims of a horrible death, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man. The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art underground laboratory, where the puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly alien virus before it wreaks worldwide havoc…

    The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Izaskun Jimenez-Serra from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, who will discuss the possibility that the very building blocks of life might be found in deep space, with far reaching implications for the origins of life on Earth.

    Tickets are just £3.50 if bought in advance - click me

    The poster for this month's event was designed by Patrick Horvath, and it is sick (you know, like how the kids say). If you missed the reveal last week on the internets, BEHOLD:

    For more Patrick in your life, follow him on twitter (@PatrickHorvath) and/or instagram (@catbirdplanet). As is usual 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 // 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, etc. To that end we’ve set up a very brief online survey for you to fill out. Answers are anonymous, and your input will help us improve our future screenings.

    Science Fiction Theatre // Podcast
    Episode 32 of the podcast is a-live and available to download/stream from the usual spots. This installment is dedicated to last month's film club pick The Day After. We kick things off with Dr. Daniel Cordle's fascinating introduction, and we go on to discuss its production, our favourite moments, its legacy, and why it was chosen to be screened at the film club.

    You can stream all of our podcasts via the website and/or mixcloud, or you can subscribe 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:

    • Fascinating insight into Arthur C. Clarke's collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • A look back at A Scanner Darkly on its 40th anniversary, one of Philip K. Dick's best (and undoubtedly one of his most personal) novels.
    • The secret history of Félicette, the first cat in space.
    • A great list of 'end of the world' movies.
    • Metropolis is 90 this year! An examination of its "enduring legacy".
    • The underrated brilliance of Joe Dante's Innerspace.
    • Bertha Dochouse compiled an excellent list of ten must-see documentaries about nuclear weapons.
    • Let it be known that if anybody anywhere says anything nice about Alien 3 I'll share it online and include it in the newsletter. This month, praise for the opening fanfare.


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    Ok, that's your lot. I'll send another wee email later in the month just before the film, I think.



    Next month...
    "I saw death rising from the earth, from the ground itself, in one blue field"

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