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SCI-FI-LONDON EAST : A ‘POST-APOCOLYMPIC’ WEEKENDER (9 NOV)

SCI-FI-LONDON film festival heads east to Stratford for a post-apocalypse themed weekend packed full of film, fun and post-disaster survival strategies: November 9-11, 2013.

Having successfully hosted the dress rehearsal of the Olympics, Stratford is finally ready to receive the UK’s leading genre film festival, serving up the best in international science fiction and fantasy film.

Highlights include:

The four UK premieres include THE HUMAN RACE, by newcomer Paul Hough. The film sees 80 very different people transported to a desolate area where they must take part in a terrifying game. “Race or die” they hear in their heads… makes THE HUNGER GAMES look like a stroll through the park!

As well as all-nighter screenings, the festival programme includes live post-screening music from Cory McAbee, director of CRAZY AND THIEF and a kids’ screening of THE FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR. The festival will also stage a talk on post-disaster survival by Vinay Gupta, survival specialist and inventor of the Hexayurt, a low cost temporary shelter used around the world at real disaster sites.

For details about the full programme, click HERE.

ANTIVIRAL directed by Brandon Cronenberg

ANTIVIRAL – From Brandon Cronenberg (yes, son of David!) comes this biting satire on the contemporary obsession with celebrity culture, which is also a warning about the powers and inherent dangers, of the big pharmaceutical corporations. Competing private clinics specialise in infecting fans with genetically modified illnesses harvested directly from celebrities, so they can become closer to their idols. When salesman Syd March infects himself with the latest virus, things take a totally unexpected turn.

THE HUMAN RACE directed by Paul Hough

THE HUMAN RACE – “Inspirational and wickedly cruel.”
(Michael Ryan, Sound On Sight), Paul Hough’s film will have your adrenaline levels up there with the on-screen competitors. Eighty people from totally diverse backgrounds suddenly find themselves in an undisclosed location where they are expected to compete in a race with simple rules, “If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Race… or die.” Will it be survival of the fittest or a show of humanity?

SCI-FI-LONDON’s notorious anime all-nighter makes its debut in Stratford with a collection of their favourite MST3K episodes and a superb line-up of new anime titles: GINTAMA THE MOVIE, TIGER & BUNNY – THE BEGINNING, TALES OF VESPERIA: THE FIRST STRIKE,
GYO: TOKYO ATTACHE FISH, JOURNEY TO AGARTHA – THE CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES

For updates about screenings and other events, join SCI-FI-LONDON on Facebook and Twitter.

Louis Savy, Festival Director for SCI-FI-LONDON says:

“We are very excited about being in Stratford and teaming up with the Picturehouse Cinema group. We plan on having a lot of fun whilst watching some dystopian and disaster movies.  Grab your cricket bat, sword or weapon of choice and join us for some essential education on surviving invasion, infestation and the odd zombie!”

About SCI-FI-LONDON:

SCI-FI-LONDON (www.sci-fi-london.com), now planning its 12th year, is the UK’s only dedicated sci-fi and fantasy film festival. It screens world and UK film premieres, documentaries and a selection of classic SF titles. SCI-FI-LONDON also has a strong international shorts programme and screens a short film with every feature screening. It also holds filmmaking competitions to encourage more science fiction films to be made in the UK.

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About Dana Knight

Formerly staff writer for The Independent Film Magazine, Dana is a NYC/London/Berlin-based freelance film journalist, screenwriter & editor-in-chief of IDEAS | FILM. She currently travels to film festivals all over the world interviewing filmmakers for a book project on contemporary cinema. Dana received her BA (Hons) in Film and Media from Birkbeck, University of London in 2013. She also holds a BA (Hons) & MA in English and French Language & Literature (2005). As a screenwriter, Dana has written several feature scripts and shorts and is currently involved in getting off the ground her first documentary project about "the molecule of creativity and the oddball banker who quit his job to become an artist”. Only, she’s yet to find him…

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