The Floating Cinema 2015

Extra-Terrestrial - a sci-fi film and events programme exploring life beyond...

Thursday 17th September 2015 - Sunday 20th September 2015

The Floating Cinema is back at King’s Cross – this time with an immersive space odyssey. Join us as we journey beyond earth to explore our relationship with outer space. The Extra-Terrestrial programme includes a packed four-day programme of open air film. It will feature sci-fi cult classics and rarities alongside talks and artist installations which explore the race for planet colonisation, visions of cosmic utopias and future intergalactic worlds.

The Floating Cinema: Extra-Terrestrial is curated and produced by UP Projects and is supported by Foundation for Future London and King’s Cross. | twitter | #floatingcinema | instagram | facebook


19.00-19.45 Open air ‘space folk’ set by Grimm Grimm
20.00-22.00 Open air screening of Silent Running (Dir. Douglas Trumbull, 1972, U, 89 mins)

Silent Running
After the end of all botanical life on Earth, ecologist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) maintains a greenhouse on a space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. Assisted by three robots and a small human crew, Lowell rebels when he is ordered to destroy the greenhouse in favour of carrying cargo, a decision that puts him at odds with everyone but his mechanical companions. Lowell and his robots are forced to do anything necessary to keep their invaluable greenery alive.

This is a free event but booking is essential.
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18.00-19.00 The Knowledge – You’re marooned on an alien world: what would you most need to know to build a civilisation from scratch…? Research fellow and author Dr. Lewis Dartnell discusses his book The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester. He also holds an STFC Science in Society Fellowship, and alongside his astrobiology research writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has appeared in TV shows such as BBC Horizon, Wonders of the Universe, and documentaries on National Geographic, Discovery and History channels. ‘The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch’ is his third book. The Knowledge is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and was also awarded The Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year.

The Knowledge – Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to not only survive in the immediate post-apocalyptic aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes that support our lives, as well as the beautiful fundamentals of science that enable you to relearn things for yourself. The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Tickets: £5.00 / conc £4.50
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19.30-22.00 Open air screening of Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927, PG, 118 mins).

Dubbed “the grandaddy of sci-fi movies” by The Guardian, Metropolis is a German expressionist epic science-fiction drama about a futurist Utopian society and the sharp divided between the working class and the city planners. One day the son of the city’s mastermind comes across this other world of the underground ‘workers’ and is shocked at what he finds. How will it all unravel?

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12.00-18.00 Cosmic Shorts: Free on board rolling programme of short films exploring artist’s interpretations of space. Featuring shorts, artist moving image, animation and fiction; these films explore otherworldly planets, new life forms and visions of humanity’s expansion into the solar system.

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12.00-18.00 Open air workshop: Artist Collective Pen Pushers, transform the Canalside Steps of Granary Square into a space odyssey adventure. Create your own tools to survive in space!

Free, drop-in and suitable for all ages

19.30-21.20 Fancy dress screening of 1980’s classic Flash Gordon (Dir. Mike Hodges, 1980, PG, 111 mins) Prizes for the best dressed on our space runway!

Flash Gordon
Dubbed as a ‘British Space opera action film’, and based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond, Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon tells the story of a football player and his friends who travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

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CanalCon – The Floating Cinema pays homage to ‘Comic Con’

12.00-16.00 Wham! Out of this World – Comic Book Masterclass with Merlin Evans. Blast into space with illustration workshops on-board The Floating Cinema. In partnership with House of Illustration.

This is a free event but booking is essential. Suitable for all ages.
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12.00-18.00 Comiket – Space themed comic fair on the canal-side steps featuring some of London’s top independent comic artists and publishers. In partnership Comica: London International Comics Festival.

This is a free, drop-in event.

19.00-20.30 Comics in Space! Canalside Q&A with Dave Gibbons in conversation with Comica’s Paul Gravett

Dave Gibbons is regarded as one of the UK’s best comic artists, most widely known for his collaboration with Allan Moore in creating Watchmen, one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time. His work with comic publishers offers an impressive roll call including 2000AD, DC Comics, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, drawing infamous sci-fi characters including Judge Dredd, Dan Dare and Martha Washington, alongside the comic superhero staples of Batman, Green Lantern and Superman. In 2014 Dave Gibbons was named as the UK’s first Comics Laureate, campaigning to improve child literacy through comics and graphic novels.

Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981. Since 2003, Paul has been the director of Comica, the London International Comics Festival

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Canalside Steps,Granary Square,King’s Cross,N1C 4AA London The Floating Cinema 2015


Canalside Steps
Granary Square
King’s Cross

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