Thursday 3 October 2013

Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest!

London is in the midst of a film festivals deluge, with both the behemoth that is London Film Festival and the independently-minded Raindance offering something for every taste (and a few tasteless offerings), including some sci-fi titles such as the SCI-FI-LONDON co-production THE SEARCH FOR SIMON on 1 October. If you missed it at SFL13, then now's the chance to see it at Vue Piccadilly (aka Apollo). However, for dedicated programming from (and with) a host of discerning, like-minded folks, SCI-FI-LONDON has to be your main destination. Forget the allure of the West End, it's all happening out East from 11- 13 October.

For fans of Japanese cinema there's the world premiere of the HD restoration of Shi'ya Tsukamoto's surreal and violent TOKYO FIST, in a double bill with his cult classic TETSUO: The Iron Man. Showing on Saturday evening they are just the thing to get you energised for the Animé all-nighter of WOLF CHILDREN, PERFECT BLUE and three EVANGELION movies (1.11, 2.22, 3.0). 

Other premieres are:star-studded, post-apocalyptic thriller THE COLONY from director Jeff Renfroe, starring Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers; and BATTLE OF THE DAMNED, where Dolph Lundgren leads an army of robots against a zombie hoard (what's not to love?)
Other films on offer are the award-winning CHANNELING (winner of our Best Feature Award – so you know it must be good), which is why we are showing it again, plus with Google Glass now a reality, it is all the more pertinent.
Also screening is festival friend, Vincenzo Natali’s new film, HAUNTER, a brilliantly crafted and disturbing feature.

For fans of the brilliant Stanislaw Lem, there's a free screening of the classic 1963 Czech film IKARIE XB-1. This is a must see for all hard-core sci-fi fans, so make sure you reserve tickets, even though it is free.

As for the all-nighters, there's the aforementioned Animé offering, a selection of truly dreadful sci-fi films getting the MST3K treatment and a selection of alien invasion films to celebrate the imminent release of the XCOM: ENEMY WITHIN game.
There's plenty more on offer so check out the website for all the details of what's showing and how to book the tickets.

The Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest takes place 11-13 Oct at The Stratford Picture House, Salway Road, London, E15 1BX.

For more information on these and other Sci-Fi London events, and to book tickets, visit the official website at...


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