A month of futuristic film from the British Film Institute

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London's British Film Institute is running an awesome series of programs in July about how movies depict the future of humanity. When they show 2001, it will be accompanied by a live orchestra! Check out their program of events.


The film series is co-sponsored by the Royal Society, and started earlier this month with a series of events about science in film. July is when things get science fictional with the "Future Human" series. BFI's Stuart Brown writes:

For July we proceed to a substantial survey of science fiction in film and TV that reflects one of our most compelling preoccupations: how human experience and society will evolve in the future.

Focusing on work that owes more to serious speculation than to outright fantasy, the selection explores notions of real and artificial life, freedom and oppression, consciousness and memory, imagination and desire. The impact of new technologies is a prevalent theme, of course, and the fusion of mind, body and machine a recurrent topic. Repeatedly, the films ask what it really means to be human: the response to that philosophical conundrum is intriguingly varied, in films from Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Tarkovsky's Solaris and Woody Allen's Sleeper – or, next month, from Cameron's The Terminator to Herzog's The Wild Blue Yonder.

Also present is the influence of some darkly dystopian literature: HG Wells' speculations on the effects of world war in William Cameron Menzies' Things To Come, Ray Bradbury's depiction of a book-burning society in Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451; and Anthony Burgess's disturbing social commentary in Kubrick's controversial A Clockwork Orange.


The BFI is located in London's Southbank, and that is where most of the showings and events will take place.

Find out more about the BFI Future Human series.

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Aelita, Queen of Mars? Really? Of all the films on the lineup, you chose to break your article with a still from the WORST film on the list?

Aelita, Queen of Mars gets my vote for "early sci-fi film that everybody says is a forgotten classic, but is in reality justly forgotten wretched bullshit... or, in this case, bolshevik propaganda masquerading thereas.