BFI Audience Network Announces Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder across the UK

The BFI today announces the full line-up of events across the UK as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder presented together with O2, to be delivered by the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). Events will run until the end of 2014. There will be at least 576 screenings and events, showing 419 film and television titles across 124 locations, all curated by cinema experts with unsurpassed knowledge of their local audiences. Audiences across the UK can search for their nearest event using their postcode on a new search function available on the BFI website:

BFI FAN spans the length and breadth of the UK and connects cinemas, film archives, education organisations, community groups and others, to bring a wide range of films to audiences and help build interest in British independent and specialised film. BFI FAN members have boldly taken the Sci-Fi brief and created mind-blowing programmes of screenings, guests and events to bring classics of the genre to audiences in new and exciting ways. The events on offer across the country highlight Britain’s star-role in the history of Sci-Fi film, television and literature and will feature locations of great Sci-Fi significance across the UK.

Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said: “Thanks to our partners across the BFI Film Audience Network, great Sci-Fi film and television can be enjoyed by audiences right across the UK this autumn, from Cornwall to Orkney, Aberystwyth to Belfast. They have created exciting programmes of Sci-Fi screenings, special guests and eye-catching events that are truly out of this world. Our partners know their audiences, and their films, and their innovative ideas and creative thinking will help make Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder the biggest and most spectacular BFI project yet.”


·         BEAR-BARELLA – San Francisco drag superstar, filmmaker, and cult (movie) leader Peaches Christ will return to the UK with an out-of-this-world event celebrating the 1968 masterpiece Barbarella, taking place in Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow.

·         MAYHEM PRESENTS: THE CREATED WOMAN – A three day season of film screenings, events and discussion forums on the theme of ‘The Created Woman’, a popular and enduring idea within science fiction. Presented by Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham.

·         AFROFUTURISM AND BLACK CULTURE IN SCI-FI – There will be a series of events, guests and screenings in Bristol, Glasgow, London and Sheffield celebrating black visions of Sci-Fi as seen in Afrofuturist work including the seminal Space Is the Place starring Sun Ra.

·         TIME TRAVEL WITH WOODY ALLEN AT JW3 – LOCO London Comedy Film Festival will present a double-bill of Sleeper and Midnight in Paris, followed by live stand-up from top comedy talent on the theme of society’s notions of time travel and the future.

·         MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR IN BELFAST – Belfast Film Festival will host a site-specific screening of this cult classic; for one night only, T13, a former shipbuilding warehouse turned skate park, will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland for Miller’s futuristic science fiction fantasy.

·         ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK IN GLASGOW – Audiences will navigate the streets of Glasgow’s grid system, following a series of thematic clues to uncover a special Glasgow Film Festival screening of this action masterpiece.

·         CINEMA UNDER THE STARS – For one weekend only the Herstmonceux Observatory and Science Museum will transform into an open air drive-in cinema to screen classic Sci-Fi titles.

·         SILENT RUNNING AT THE EDEN PROJECT – Watershed presents Sci-Fi visionary Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 eco-themed Silent Running introduced by renowned film critic Mark Kermode at the Eden Project on Sunday 26th October. The sounds of fear and wonder will be performed live by Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory in Eden’s magnificent Mediterranean Biome before the screening.

·         DOCTOR WHO ACROSS WALES – From November 2014, BBC Cymru Wales, BAFTA Cymru and Film Hub Wales will showcase a series of six Monsters and Villains-themed Doctor Who events drawing from episodes that have been filmed in Wales throughout its 50 year history.

·         THREADS, OUTDOORS IN SHEFFIELD – The Sensoria Festival of Film and Music will present an outdoor screening of the BAFTA award-winning BBC drama Threads, against the back-drop of Sheffield’s skyline.

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