Programme - Film screening
My name is Louis Savy. I am the founder and festival director of SCI-FI-LONDON, and we are honoured to be part of Loncon 3.
I understand the origins of Worldcon and the legacy it has to live up to. The Loncon 3 team are adamant that film screenings should be of the highest quality we can achieve, depending on the source material of course.
So, what are we hoping to show at Loncon 3? I think that discovery will be our key word. I want to bring fresh, exciting material to a Worldcon audience. There are myriad films that never see theatrical or TV distribution, many that only just get to DVD, and not because they lack quality but because they cannot fight the marketing machines behind many of the big franchises and Hollywood blockbusters.
We have an international programme of smart, challenging, story-led science fiction film. We hope the programme will take you into the unknown leaving you, we hope, with some great memories of our journey together.
War Of The Worlds – Goliath (2012)
Animated sequel to The War Of The Worlds, set 15 years after the initial invasion. Fearing another attack, the human race has prepared itself, and the battle tripod "Goliath" and its young crew are in the vanguard of an army of steam-powered battle walkers, heat-ray biplanes, and armoured zeppelins facing a Martian fleet of giant fighting machines and flying wings.
Malaysian-produced animation with the voice talents of Mark Shephard, Adrian Paul and Peter Wingfield.
Future My Love (2012)
This Chris Marker-like documentary feature finds Swedish-born filmmaker Maja Borg discovering a novel means of getting over her heartbreak: arriving at the Florida retreat of social theorist Jacque Fresco, an early proponent of free culture, whose most radical idea is that we should abandon money and do everything for love, not financial reward.
Is this a hope for the future or a unreachable dream? The film talks of a hopeful future and contrasts with the golden age of economics in the 1950s, when science fiction was also hoping for great things to come.
A wonderful statement on how we live now and a vision of how we might one day reach utopia.
Thanks to the Independent Cinema Office for permission.
Suicide or Lulu and Me in a World Made for Two (2014)
Loosely inspired by the Argentinean sci-fi novella "The Invention of Morel" by Adolfo Byo Casare, this is the story of a young loner named Jorge who has created two inventions: Pandora's Camera, which can duplicate and preserve reality, and a pair of glasses that can inject memories into the viewer's mind.
Using the camera, Jorge attempts to capture and preserve a perfect moment of happiness between him and his lover in Paris.
British indie film has a tendency towards the bleak, and this Scotland-set sci-fi is not an exception. However there are chinks of light through the love story between the two protagonists Cole and Maya, who meet under less than ideal conditions when an armed robbery goes wrong. Their passionate, whirlwind romance is fuelled by almost certain annihilation when the world is threatened by an impending collision with a giant asteroid. Against the backdrop of this doomsday event, Maya becomes pregnant.
Three years later Cole and Maya are struggling to survive in the Scottish wilderness after the human population has been decimated by an extra-terrestrial attack. Cold, starving, afraid and no longer in love, they are united only by a common desire to stay alive and find their now missing daughter.
The film flips back and forth between the couple's initial romance and their fight for survival, to fully reveal the reality of the alien invasion. This is a strong feature debut, using the constraints of a low budget to create drama within the tense atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic setting, without relying on the usual tropes or gratuitous special effects.
Followed by a Q&A with Directors.
The Search For Simon (2013)
When David was 10 years old, his younger brother Simon disappeared. David's father told him that Simon was "living with the space people" and would not talk of it again. A year later and David's father dies, taking the secret of what really happened to the grave, setting David on a life-long quest to find the "space people" and get his brother back. Some 25 years later, David has spent all his free time and money talking to myriad loonies looking for "the truth". His quest takes him around the world, meeting anyone who has a story about abduction and UFO sightings. He even tries to get a job at the sinister BASTARDD (British AeroSpace Technology Advanced Research Development Division), who seem very interested in David's latest friend, from Arcturus.
British comedy at its best, with a golden cast to match the script: Tom Price (Torchwood), Carol Cleveland (Monty Python) and Simon Jones (Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy), Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9) and Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who) – with a few surprising cameos too.
The truth is certainly out there somewhere and may be closer than anyone thinks.
Co-produced by SCI-FI-LONDON. Featuring a post-film Q&A with Martin Gooch and friends.
After The Dark (2013)
(originally released as The Philosophers).
At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them are the right choice to take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.
Whilst not executed with deep thought, this film is well made and does leave you asking about what you would do in this scenario and what price you would pay to survive. Maybe none of these kids are worth it and only Loncon 3 participants are worthy.
A film that baffles and confuses in the way that 2001 does, but also intrigues with its visuals that fluctuate between noir simplicity and psychedelic intensity.
Is our hero moving through inner space or outer space? Dreamscapes or landscapes? Heightened reality or virtual reality? Completely blurs the boundaries between live action and CGI, and all backed with fantastic sonic soundscapes.
Imagine if Stanley Kubrick had directed Tron. Be prepared to have your mind blown with this art house sci-fi spectacle.
LFO: The Movie (2013)
The mild and meek Robert spends a lot of time hiding from his domineering wife in the basement, playing with his synthesizers.
One night he stumbles upon a low frequency oscillation (LFO) signal that induces an intense form of hypnosis. It doesn't take him long to realise that he can make anyone do anything he wants, and he begins a series of increasingly perverse manipulations.
LFO plummets into the dark depths of the human psyche with the deepest-black humour. This is the kind of film that the festival was created for – slick, dark, smart... just brilliant.
Winner of the SCI-FI-LONDON Best Feature 2014.
Thanks to MPI for permission. Available on iTunes for download 28 October 2014.
Alien Abduction (2014)
For over 800 years, people have been disappearing on or around Brown Mountain, North Carolina. All of these abductions have happened around sightings of The Brown Mountain Lights.
"When folks see them lights, folk go missing." - local resident Sean McLane
"Alien Abduction is everything Dark Skies and The Fourth Kind wanted to be! This is alien horror and found footage done right, it holds nothing back and it never slows down. The movie is loaded with some chills and thrills and those jumpy moments so many other movies are lacking and the short glimpses the you get of these aliens and what they are capable of will stay with you long after this movie ends! Alien Abduction is Blair Witch meets Fire in the Sky!"
We can't agree more with the review above!