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Monster celebration of SCI-FI at Bletchley Park

Date Posted:20/10/2014

Sci-fi film festival at Bletchley ParkPresented by the Cambridge Film Trust and funded with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, Station X at Bletchley Park on Saturday 8 November, will bring cinema audiences an inspiring, family friendly day of epic Sci-Fi with immersive screenings and fun for all ages, complete with moon buggies, crashed spaceship site and Sci-Fi soundscapes. With a programme of films exploring science fiction war narratives, totalitarian dystopias and the fear of the power of science, Station X’s star attraction is the historic backdrop of the world-class heritage site.

Known to those who worked there as Station X, this is an unmissable opportunity to visit the Bletchley Park site, once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, to marvel at the places where astonishing achievements were made by the wartime code-breakers who cracked the Enigma Code, also known as the birthplace for the world’s first electronic computer, Colossus. Station X at Bletchley Park celebrates the best of Sci-Fi with 14 feature films at locations across the park including the iconic Museum of Computing, WW2 code-breaking huts, the Enigma Cinema and Teleprinter Hall. 2014 also marks 60 years since the death of Alan Turing, one of Bletchley Park’s leading cryptanalysts who pioneered thought in computing and artificial intelligence.

Station X at Bletchley Park is one of the flagship events in the BFI Blockbuster project, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with 02, which is a celebration of cinema’s most spectacular and visionary genre, exploring how the fear and wonder at its heart continues to inspire and enthrall. The season is one of the largest and most ambitious Sci-Fi projects ever created, with a calendar of more than 576 Sci-Fi screenings and events taking place through the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), screening at least 419 titles at 124 locations nationwide, featuring outdoor events at iconic British sites, classic Sci-Fi titles released into UK cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray, 50+ films available online through BFI Player, a three-month season at BFI Southbank starting this month, a BFI Sci-Fi Compendium and much more.

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

Station X’s film programme includes a special pre-release Q&A preview of MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT with director Tom Green. Ten years on from the events of the critically acclaimed MONSTERS, the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency begins against the monsters. SCI-FI-LONDON’s alien abduction comedy, THE SEARCH FOR SIMON (2013) with a Q&A with director Martin Gooch, is British comedy at its best, with a golden cast: Tom Price (Torchwood), Carol Cleveland (Monty Python) and Simon Jones (Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy). SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets THE X FILES in this tale of family, close encounters and belief.

Station X also presents family friendly films for budding scientists and young space travellers: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO (1966), FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956), Aardman Animations Wallace and Gromit in A GRAND DAY OUT (1989) and a live score presentation by musicians John Sweeney and Jeff Davenport for COSMIC VOYAGE, a rare Russian classic from 1935 which sees the first humans – including a young boy - embarking on a trip to the moon.

Sci-Fi classic titles include Hammer Films, X THE UNKNOWN (1956) directed by Leslie Norman (The Saint) and starring Dean Jagger and Leo McKern. Mixing sci-fi and horror, X THE UNKNOWN follows a group of scientists and army officials faced with a destructive, radioactive mass that has escaped from the earth's centre, terrorising a remote area of Scotland. Hammer Films’s star Peter Cushing plays Winston Smith in Nigel Kneale’s original BBC TV adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984 (1954), plus a screening of Val Guest's THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961), newly restored by the BFI National Archive, generously supported by Simon W. Hessel.

Other films include H.G. Wells adaptation THINGS TO COME (1936) Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war satire, DR. STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), also celebrating it's 50th anniversary, Cold War paranoia, INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS (1956) COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (1970), QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967) and the sound version of HIGH TREASON (1929). Plus exclusive extracts, trailers and a programme of archive shorts curated by SCI-FI-LONDON.

In addition there will be a special ‘Surprise screening’ on the Saturday night, details of which will be revealed closer to the event.

Monsters, Madmen and Mystery await you behind the gates of Bletchley Park so join us for a day of epic Sci-Fi with Station X at Bletchley Park on 8 November.

Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and prices start from £12 for concessions after 4pm, up to £28 for a full day/evening adult ticket (which includes a year long passport to Bletchley Park). All tickets also include entrance to the National Museum of Computing, home of Colossus and The Witch. Under 12s go free http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/station-x-sci-fi-7132561867

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