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  • May bulletin Posted on 03 May 2017

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    "Now I know where the Self is. It's in our own minds. It's a form of human energy. Our atoms are six billion years old. We've got six billion years of memory in our minds"
    -Altered States


    Hi guys,

    I hope you're all ok. Here are some things.

    Science Fiction Theatre // May
    We're at the Institute of Light this month with a screening of Ken Russell's reality-warping classic Altered States (1980):

    Research scientist and psychology professor Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) combines his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced that it may help him unlock different states of consciousness. The initial experiments are a success, but as Jessup continues his work he begins to experience physiological changes, and as he spends more time in sensory deprivation his grip on reality begins to slip away...

    The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Andrea Rinke, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Kingston University London, who will discuss the film within the wider context of the 'Drug Experience Film' mini-genre.

    Get your tickets // here.

    The poster for this month's film was designed by Matt Marquis:

    Follow Matt on instagram (@airosolonthewall) and check out his (slightly NSFW) webshop. We'll be giving out postcards of the design to all guests on the night, and A3 prints are available to buy in the shop.

    Science Fiction Theatre // Podcast
    Episode 35 is now available for your ears. Feels like ages since we've done a review show, but we're back and offering up our thoughts on a bunch of recent releases, including Life, The Discovery, and Passengers. Plus if you want to hear two (supposedly) grown men argue about Ghost in the Shell, we've got you covered.

    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
    Stuff of note from the past month:

    • Recent Egyptian sf books that have been translated into English.
    • Robots are racist and sexist, like their creators.
    • The use of adverts and TV in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi films.
    • Red Letter Media re:View one of our favourites - The Mist.
    • Aaaand speaking of which, there's a trailer for the new The Mist TV series (released end of June).


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    All done. Short and sweet this month eh. You'll hear from me again in a couple of weeks. Not a threat, a promise.

    Be good


    Next month...
    "I was wondering why the people who would never dream of laughing at a blind or a crippled man would laugh at a moron?"

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