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  • March bulletin Posted on 02 March 2017

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

     

    "D... Substance D. 'D' is dumbness, and despair, desertion - desertion of you from your friends, your friends from you, everyone from everyone. Isolation and loneliness... and hating and suspecting each other, 'D' is finally death. Slow death from the head down"
    -A Scanner Darkly

     

    Hello there,

    We've been productive. Two film events to tell you about, two new podcasts, and some social media tidbits.

    Science Fiction Theatre // March
    We're at The Victoria on Monday 20th March with a screening of A Scanner Darkly (2006), Richard Linklater's groundbreaking adaption of the semi-autobiographical novel by Philip K. Dick:

    Substance D – otherwise known as Death – is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves), undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must first become a user...

    The first feature film created using rotoscoping (a technique in which artists digitally trace over frames of live-action footage by hand), A Scanner Darkly is arguably the most faithful screen adaption of a Philip K. Dick story to date.  

    The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Caroline Brennan, senior lecturer in Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, who will introduce the world of zebrafish genetics and indicate how fish can give us an insight into the neural basis of addiction.

    Buy your tickets ---> here.

    The poster for this month's event was designed by the a-mazing Amy Siobhan Walsh. If you didn't catch it on our social media this week, look now please:

    For more Amy, follow her on instagram @ratbeef and check out her etsy shop. We'll be giving out postcards of the design to everyone who attends the event, and A3 posters are available to buy 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 // April
    Bit early with this one, but wanted to give you all a heads up. We're going to be back at The Victoria on Monday 17th April with a 25th anniversary screening of Alien 3: Assembly Cut (1992), the definitive version of David Fincher’s misunderstood masterpiece.

    I'm going to have more to say about this one in next month's newsletter, but for now the facebook event is live if you want updates, and tickets are available to buy ---> here.

    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
    If you missed last month's event, Dr Izaskun Jimenez-Serra's fascinating talk on finding the building blocks of life in deep space is now available to listen to.

    And so is episode 33, which is dedicated to all things The Andromeda Strain. We discuss its production, its legacy, our favourite moments, and why it was chosen to be screened it at the film club. We also review the 2008 tv mini-series/remake produced by Ridley and Tony Scott.

    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
    Stuff what I enjoyed this past month:

    • The Making of Future Man - a look back at the life of Hugo Gernsback.
    • Is our universe too vast for even the most imaginative science fiction writer?
    • Great piece on Peter Cushing's career, focusing on his roles for Hammer Films.
    • Why RoboCop is the most misunderstood satire of the last 30 years.
    • Michael Radford (director of 1984) shares his memories of John Hurt.
    • Brilliant piece on The Andromeda Strain, including a peek at the illustrated screenplay and a set of rare behind-the-scenes photos.
    • The Terminator - sci-fi romance at its best.
    • A look at Harry Lange, the NASA illustrator who kept 2001: A Space Odyssey rooted in science fact.

     

    Where to find us:
    The Space Merchants // shop | facebook | twitter | instagram | tumblr
    Science Fiction Theatre // events | facebook | twitter | instagram | tumblr

    Ok, all done. I'll drop you guys another email in a couple of weeks.

    Have good times
    Graham

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