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A V A I L A B L E N O W O N D E M A N D


WELCOME TO

SCI-FI-LONDON 2019

I am delighted to present this

year’s line-up of films and

events. What with Brexit and

the ongoing Trumpery of the

past year it has felt very like a

science fiction dystopia that

no one would have believed if

it had been written down.

Rather than present a festival

of dark dystopian overtones,

we’ve decided to take a more

positive look at the future. We

want to encourage, enthuse

and explore the best of

humanity; focusing away from

fears of political and scientific

changes. And, for us, nothing

says hope better than a smiley

face on a balloon, and I want

to thank Territory Studio for

creating this year’s poster art.

All that said, the selection this

year, of course, delivers its

fair share of less than upbeat

outcomes but, like all good

science fiction, perhaps these

movies will sound a warning

and lead us down better

paths.

The Best Short Film accolade

this year has been awarded

to the student film, WITHIN

THEIR SHADOW by Caroline

Post. Whilst it paints a bleak

picture, for me, it is a wise

and considered film that asks

‘should we, just because we

can’? I hope that collectively

we can be alert to the social

impact of new technology

and plan accordingly. I urge

you to see the film in our

shorts programme and look

forward to chatting in the bar.

Finally, as ever, I hope you

take away something positive

from the festival – the team

has worked hard scouring the

world for films that give your

head and heart some fuel.

Live long and prosper

Louis Savy

Founder and Festival Director

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PERFECT

WED 15 MAY

9.00PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR:

EDDIE ALCAZAR

YEAR: 2018

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 85

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: BREAKER

It is unclear if the young

man (Garrett Wareing) has

committed the horrible crime,

but his mother (Abbie Cornish)

sends him to a luxurious retreat

full of beautiful hedonistic

people for therapy. He will

receive an experimental

treatment to cure his ills and

discover his true self. His

mother has been there, but

does she want to help him

become ‘perfect’?

Frenetic editing, soul shocking

set-pieces and some eye-popping

animation by Kidmograph:

PERFECT alternates between

calm and chaos, and picks at

themes of AI, genetic engineering

and esotericism.

With its super-heightened visuals

worthy of Gasper Noé, production

design that DAZED would find

hard to beat and a stunning

soundtrack by Flying Lotus,

this is ALTERED STATES for the

iGeneration.

Introduced by Güneş Taylor,

a Postdoctoral Training Fellow

at the Francis Crick Institute.

Güneş will discuss topics such

as genome editing and human

enhancement. In association

with The Biochemical Society

UK

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


THE RIZEN: POSSESSION

In 1955, NATO and the Allied

Forces conducted secret, occult

experiments in a bid to win the

Arms Race. They succeeded, but

what they unleashed almost

tore our world apart and sent

a human through a portal to

somewhere very alien.

This was the story of THE RIZEN,

our closing night premiere in

2017.

Come forward to now, and a

group of urban explorers is

exploring the abandoned bunker.

But will they and a private

military unit sent in after them,

become the final pieces in a 60-

year plan to reopen a door that

should have stayed closed.

Violent and witty in equal

amounts, this is a very British

sci-fi horror.

WED 22 MAY

8.45PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR:

MATT MITCHELL

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 90

COUNTRY: UK

SOURCE: DIRECT

WORLD

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CLOSING

NIGHT

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AFTER THE LETHARGY

THU 16 MAY

6.20PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR:

MARC CARRETÉ

YEAR: 2018

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 82

COUNTRY: SPAIN

SOURCE:

DEVILWORKS

Sara, a journalist with a keen

interest in UFOs, receives

a video from a paranormal

researcher, talking about

a hotspot for landings and

sightings. She travels to the

forest to meet the researcher

and meets the park ranger who

tells her of a dark character who

lives alone deep in the woods

and the abandoned retreat.

Soon she discovers the truth

about the UFO sightings and

must fight for her life.

‘All-out monster, promising a

mesmerising mix of terror and

adventure’ Bloody Disgusting

‘Takes hybridisation to extremely

graphic proportions’ Dread

Central

Old school sci-fi horror at its

finest, great twists and turns,

seat of the pants thrills and

some truly gross-out moments.

UK

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


BLACK FLOWERS

Two years after the nuclear

bombs dropped — welcome

to the future, where there’s no

fuel or power, and society is a

barbaric mess. Survivors Kate,

husband Sam, and daughter

Suzi are searching for a

rumoured bunker that people

say is full of food and medicine.

En route, they meet the solitary

Joe, who may not have the

group’s best interests at heart.

Kate will have to do everything

possible to protect her family.

A well-drawn post-apocalyptic

world full of thrills and spills —

a welcome addition to the PA

canon.

THU 16 MAY

9.00PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR:

MARTIN GOOCH

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 106

COUNTRY: UK

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019 5


THE TANGLE

FRI 17 MAY

6.20PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR:

CHRISTOPHER

SOREN KELLY

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 100

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: DIRECT

In the near future, the TANGLE,

an AI with airborne nanotech,

connects the world. The Tangle

is benevolent; it has stopped

crime, keeps us well and safe.

But to make sure it never turns

rogue a government agency

watches over the population

from within technology safe

rooms, locations impermeable

to the nanobots that make up

the Tangle.

When field agent Margot Foster

is found dead in one of these

rooms, the agency needs to

investigate the first murder in

years.

A brilliant sci-fi noir written and

directed by Christopher Soren

Kelly (Somnus – at SFL16) and

stars Jessica Graham (Crazy

Bitches) and Nicole Da Silva

(Wentworth)

WORLD

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE

The world will end soon, so

what to do? Outside of time, a

teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and

a mute drifter cross the white

desert to experience the final

performance of a mysterious

rockstar hero.

This visually stunning work

MUST be seen on the big screen.

Its soundtrack will leave you

humming and tapping for

days to come, and its beautiful

production design burns your

brain.

The film stars Kiki Sukezane

(Westworld) and features

performances by Guitar Wolf Seiji

and Stereo Total.

Is it daft punk? Is it THX? No,

it is FONOTUNE, and you will

never forget it.

FRI 17 MAY

9.00PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: FINT

YEAR: 2018

LANGUAGE:

JAPANESE

(ENGLISH SUBS)

RUNTIME: 74

COUNTRY: JAPAN/

GERMANY

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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ALIEN ADDICTION

SAT 18 MAY

3.30PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: SHAE

STERLING

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 90

COUNTRY:

AUSTRALIA

SOURCE: DIRECT

Starring Jimi Jackson, Thomas

Sainsbury, JoJo Waaka.

New Zealand is beautiful, and

often we only see the ‘Lord

of the Rings’ landscapes and

not the everyday life of your

average stoner.

Riko (Jimi Jackson) lives in a small

town in the middle of nowhere

(Waikato, New Zealand). Life

was pretty normal until two

aliens crash-landed near Riko’s

house. He welcomes the aliens,

and together they develop an

intergalactic relationship of epic

proportions.

Raw and real as Peter Jackson’s

BAD TASTE, more bro’ than

Taika Waititi’s BOY, and up

there with Kevin Smith’s

CLERKS as a debut indie film. -

Garth Bray, Amazon

UK

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


AXCELLERATOR

Dane was going to steal one

last car before he quit forever,

but is disturbed by Tomas, an

inventor being chased by the

police, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A.

Trapped in the manic crossfire,

Tomas passes a device to Dane,

who is teleported miles away

Into the arms of Kate (LAURA

JAMES). She could be the girl

of his dreams except for the

global conspiracy he has just

embroiled her in.

The FBI’s Ray Moritz (MAXWELL

CAULFIELD) wants to destroy it,

Amanda Graham (SEAN YOUNG)

wants it for the C.I.A., and rogue

agent Sy Devol (JOHN JAMES) has

his sinister plans.

Sy unleashes his brutal assassin,

Brink (SAM J. JONES) who leaves

a trail of corpses behind him

while pursuing the ‘Axcellerator’

device.

To stay alive, Dane and Kate must

discover the Axcellerator’s secret.

An exhilarating rollercoaster

ride reminiscent of 80s

blockbusters – a classic, fun

action thriller.

SAT 18 MAY

6.00PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: DAVID

GIANCOLA

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 93

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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SHED OF THE DEAD

SAT 18 MAY

9.00PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: DREW

CULLINGHAM

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 85

COUNTRY: UK

SOURCE: DIRECT

Trevor doesn’t really like

gardening but has an allotment

in which he spends his days

avoiding his overbearing wife.

Most of his time in his shed is

spent painting figurines for

wargames he plays with his

friend, Graham, both of them

dreaming and arguing about

their gaming alter-egos.

One day, Mr Parsons, one of

the other allotment tenants,

knocks with a petition to have

Trevor evicted as his plot is a

disgrace. After what should

have been a simple argument,

Trevor is left with a corpse to

hide. Unfortunately, this untimely

accident coincides with the

Zombie Apocalypse and Mr

Parsons’ return is just the start of

Trevor’s problems. More pressing

is whether or not he should try

and save his wife (Lauren Socha)

and her beautiful best friend

(Emily Booth), who both he and

Graham have a thing for...

It’s darkly funny, gruesome and

a little bit rude! SHAUN OF THE

DEAD meets THE ARCHERS.

WORLD

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


CHASING EINSTEIN

Einstein’s vision of gravity has

shaped our understanding of

the universe for the 100 years

since Eddington confirmed his

theory in 1919.

Nobody has succeeded in

challenging Einstein’s theory

despite its startling conclusion

that the vast majority of gravity

must be caused by an invisible

form of ‘matter’ that has yet to

be detected. The search for this

missing “Dark Matter” will either

confirm Einstein or disrupt a

century of physics.

This documentary follows

leading scientists including

Nobel Laureates on the brink of

paradigm-shifting discoveries,

CHASING EINSTEIN travels

behind the scenes of some of the

most extraordinary experiments

ever created to probe the

mysteries of the dark universe

(LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).

Will Einstein stand the test of

time, or will a controversial new

theory change the way that we

see the universe?

SUN 19 MAY

1.00PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: TIMOTHY

WHEELER, STEVE

BROWN

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 81

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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DOCUMENTARY

STRAND

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MAJIC

SUN 19 MAY

3.15PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: ERIN BERRY

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 82

COUNTRY:

CANADA

SOURCE: DIRECT

Bernwood (Paula Brancati)

is an anti-conspiracy video

blogger. She spends all her

time debunking conspiracy

theory until she gets a note

from an old man claiming to

have worked for the legendary

Majestic-12 (aka majic), a secret

US spy agency, created after the

UFO incident at Roswell, New

Mexico in 1947.

So begins her trip down the

rabbit hole looking for answers, as

reality as she seems to know it is

unravelling.

Sitting squarely in X-FILES

territory, this feature plays

brilliantly with alternate

realities and what we perceive

to be real.

UK

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THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASTIC FILM 15 — 22 MAY 2019


ARTIST DEPICTION

Conceptual artists Don Davis,

Charles Lindsay, and Rick

Guidice have helped bring NASA

projects to life. Their incredible

pioneering artwork, which

helped define the aesthetics

of futurism and space travel,

is ubiquitous; and yet these

artists have always been hidden

behind the scenes until now.

This is the second documentary

that Bonowicz has had at the

festival, last year we screened

CLOSER THAN WE THINK

about conceptual artist Arthur

Radebaugh.

Again, Bonowicz delivers a loveletter

to concept art and design.

If you’ve got an eye on the

future, then learn about those

who’ve helped shape it.

SUN 19 MAY

4.50PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: BRETT RYAN

BONOWICZ

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 81

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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DOCUMENTARY

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PROGRAMME

SCI-FI-LONDON 2019

TITLE VENUE DATE TIME

PERFECT PCC WED 15 MAY 9.00PM

HACKSTOCK V HQ THU 16 MAY 12—8.00PM

AFTER THE LETHARGY PCC THU 16 MAY 6.20PM

BLACK FLOWERS PCC THU 16 MAY 9.00PM

HACKSTOCK V HQ FRI 17 MAY 12—8.00PM

THE TANGLE PCC FRI 17 MAY 6.20PM

FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE PCC FRI 17 MAY 9.00PM

HACKSTOCK V HQ SAT 18 MAY 12—8.00PM

SHORTS 1 SPH SAT 18 MAY 12.30PM

SCI-FIDO COSPLAY FOR DOGS PCC SAT 18 MAY 2.00PM

SHORTS 2 SPH SAT 18 MAY 14.40PM

ALIEN ADDICTION PCC SAT 18 MAY 3.30PM

SHORTS 3 SPH SAT 18 MAY 4.50PM

AXCELLERATOR PCC SAT 18 MAY 6.00PM

SHORTS 4 SPH SAT 18 MAY 6.55PM

SHED OF THE DEAD SPH SAT 18 MAY 9.00PM

CHASING EINSTEIN SPH SUN 19 MAY 1.00PM

SHORTS 2 SPH SUN 19 MAY 2.45PM

MAJIC PCC SUN 19 MAY 3.15PM

ARTIST DEPICTION SPH SUN 19 MAY 4.50PM

LAST SUNRISE PCC SUN 19 MAY 5.25PM

SHORTS 3 SPH SUN 19 MAY 6.40PM

THE FINAL LAND PCC SUN 19 MAY 8.30PM

SHORTS 4 SPH MON 20 MAY 1.30PM

SHORTS 1 SPH MON 20 MAY 4.10PM

ZOO-HEAD SPH MON 20 MAY 6.30PM

AFTER WE LEAVE SPH MON 20 MAY 20.45PM

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SHORTS 2 SPH TUE 21 MAY 1.30PM

SHORTS 3 SPH TUE 21 MAY 4.10PM

FILMMAKERS NETWORKING SPH TUE 21 MAY 6.00PM

SHORTS 4 SPH TUE 21 MAY 6.30PM

48HOUR AWARDS SPH TUE 21 MAY 6.30PM

SHORTS 1 SPH TUE 21 MAY 8.45PM

LUCID SPH WED 22 MAY 6.30PM

THE RIZEN:POSSESSION SPH WED 22 MAY 8.45PM

For those of you who want to stay out a bit later in Stratford, festival visitors are welcome to use the

bar at Moxy Hotel until 1.00am each night - it’s just across the road from the cinema!

For those at the PCC, in the West End - there is a lot of choice.

HOW TO GET TO STRATFORD

Stratford Picturehouse is easily accessible

by public transport.

By Underground and Rail

A short walk from Stratford Station (Central

line, DLR, Jubilee line, Overground and

National Rail).

By Bus

From Stratford train and bus station,

cross the road and walk through Stratford

Shopping Centre (the shopping centre

directly opposite the station). Turn left at

the central atrium, following the signs for

the cinema and the Theatre Royal exit.

The bus routes available are 25, 69, 86, 97,

104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339,

425, 473 and D3.

HOW TO GET TO LEICESTER PLACE

The Prince Charles cinema is just off

Leicester Square and accessible by public

transport.

By Underground and Rail

A short walk from Leicester Square

underground station (Northern line,

Piccadilly line). About a 15 minute walk

from Charing Cross mainline station.

By Bus

Once you enter Leicester Square, look

for the Vue Cinema or Premier Inn Hotel,

Leicester Place is a small road heading

north from the centre of the square.

The bus routes available are 24, 29, 176.

Many others stop within 5 minutes walk.

OUR VENUES:

STRATFORD PICTUREHOUSE (SPH)

Salway Rd, London E15 1BX

0871 902 5740

www.picturehouses.com

@SEPicturehouse

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA (PCC)

Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY

020 7494 3654

www.princecharlescinema.com

@ThePCCLondon

SCI-FI-LONDON HQ (HQ)

Off Charing Cross Road, W1

to get the exact location, visit

sfl.to/hackstock

Ticket prices vary – see relevant pages for booking links online at sci-fi-london.com

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LAST SUNRISE

SUN 19 MAY

5.25PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: WEN REN

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

MANDARIN

(ENGLISH SUBS)

RUNTIME: 104

COUNTRY: CHINA

SOURCE: DIRECT

In a future reliant on solar

energy, the world falls into

chaos after the sun disappears,

the skies are lit only by the stars

and the temperature is rapidly

dropping; eventually, oxygen

on Earth will be exhausted.

Yang, a reclusive astronomer,

and Mu, a neighbour he hardly

knows, must find their way to a

supposed sanctuary located in

District Four.

Ren’s debut film has a unique

take on end of days stories with

spectacularly realised special

effects showing how different our

world, and everything that we

take for granted in it, would look

in the absence of the Sun.

It is fantastic to see China

producing high concept and

stylish indie sci-fi, don’t miss

this one.

UK

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THE FINAL LAND

Across the bleak wilderness, the

prisoner has escaped, looking

for a rumoured ship that might

get him off-world. One of his

pursuers discovers him aboard

the craft and instead of turning

him in declares he also wants a

way out and together they fly

away. But who built the ship

and where did it come from?

More importantly, where are

the crew? As they try to answer

these questions, they hear a

strange signal and obsessed by

its origin head toward it.

This feature debut by Barion is a

testament to what performance

and pragmatic use of resources

can achieve. At times it feels

like ALIEN, at others like 2001: A

SPACE ODYSSEY.

An outstanding science fiction

story that never once reveals a

low budget.

SUN 19 MAY

8.30PM

PRINCE

CHARLES

DIR: MARCEL

BARION

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

GERMAN

(ENGLISH SUBS)

RUNTIME: 113

COUNTRY:

GERMANY

SOURCE: DIRECT

UK

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ZOO-HEAD

MON 20 MAY

6.30PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: NAVIN DEV

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 80

COUNTRY: UK

SOURCE: DIRECT

Charlie is a zoo-head, a slang

term given to junkies addicted

to a powerful hallucinogenic

that has memory munching

side-effects. Squatting in a

foetid apartment and existing

on benefits, Charlie is a mess,

and it is about to get worse.

The Social Service is forcing

the long-term unemployed to

under-go radically experimental

treatment to get them

‘normalised’; the only danger

would be to zoo-heads. Charlie

gets called in and lies about

his situation, and so begins his

treatment.

With the aesthetic of

TRAINSPOTTING and the

weirdness of GROUNDHOG DAY,

this is a strong debut from Dev.

Great performances and a great

soundtrack to boot.

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AFTER WE LEAVE

Near future, Los Angeles is

a bleak place: permanent

recession, water shortages,

and rising crime. Six years

ago, Jack abandoned his wife

and vanished. Now he’s back

because before he left, they’d

applied for a visa to emigrate

to a better life on an off-world

colony.

The permit has finally come

through, but there’s a catch: it’s

a couple’s visa, and Jack cannot

leave Earth without his wife. Is

Jack back because he wants to

make things right or because he

needs his wife so he can use this

“lottery ticket” to a better life?

Hossain’s debut feature has

a vibrant script, satisfying

special effects and outstanding

performances – the type of film

this festival searches for every

year. Don’t miss it.

MON 20 MAY

8.45PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: ALEEM

HOSSAIN

YEAR: 2019

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 83

COUNTRY: USA

SOURCE: DIRECT

WORLD

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LUCID

WED 22 MAY

6.30PM

STRATFORD

PICTUREHOUSE

DIR: ADAM MORSE

YEAR: 2018

LANGUAGE:

ENGLISH

RUNTIME: 86

COUNTRY: UK

SOURCE: FILM

FESTIVAL DOCTOR

A young man practices an

experimental form of therapy

after his enigmatic neighbour

offers to help him overcome

social anxiety and win the girl of

his dreams.

Isolated in a big city with no

friends, young Zel simultaneously

fears and craves intimacy. He

has a pitiful obsession with a

dancer called Jasmine and is

caught spying on her by eccentric

neighbour Elliot (Billy Zane), who

offers to help him win her heart.

Lust leads Zel on an intense

subliminal adventure as Elliot

teaches him how lucid dreaming

can be used to practice the art

of seduction. Will Zel be able to

charm Jasmine in reality?

This thought-provoking film,

with great cinematography and

luscious production design, will

stay with you for a long time.

LONDON

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BLINK OF AN EYE

SHORT FILM SELECTION

SCI-FI-LONDON loves short film! We think short film is perfect for science fiction, it

gives filmmakers the chance to play with ideas and high concepts without having to

add drama for the sake of filling ninety minutes. We’ve watched hundreds of films and

selected our favourites! We hope you can make it to one of our shorts programmes

at Stratford Picturehouse - see them on the big screen!

BEST SHORT FILM 2019

WITHIN THEIR SHADOW (SHORTS 1)

(Dir: Caroline Post, USA, 12mins, 2018, English).

This speculative documentary re-contextualises the narrative of the small-town,

rural worker, within a future landscape where renewable energy is the current

industry facing a slow-down. The film juxtaposes interviews with employees of the

declining sectors of America’s rust belt region and conversations with technologists

and developers from Palo Alto. It offers different perspectives of those who benefit

in these imagined futures, and those who are left behind in the shadows of a utopic

world. A brilliant film that correctly asks “just because we can, should we?”

WITHIN THEIR SHADOW

SHORTS 1

18 MAY 12.30PM

20 MAY 4.10PM

21 MAY 8.45PM

SHORTS 2

18 MAY 4.40PM

19 MAY 2.45PM

21 MAY 1.30PM

SHORTS 3

18 MAY 4.50PM

19 MAY 6.40PM

21 MAY 4.10PM

SHORTS 4

18 MAY 6.55PM

20 MAY 1.30PM

21 MAY 6.30PM

ALL SHORT FILMS SCREEN AT STRATFORD PICTUREHOUSE

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WITHIN THEIR SHADOWS

SHORTS 1

WITHIN THEIR SHADOWS

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FACE SWAP

VINETA & LAURA

(Dir: Roberts Kulenko, Latvia, 20mins, 2017, Latvian/English subs).

Something has crashed in the potato farmers field. The local

authorities want him out of the way; he just wants to tend his plants

— a gentle first contact story.

HAMMER DOWN

(Dir: Dan Pasto, USA, 3mins, 2018, English).

Another late night on the job in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. It’s

supremely dirty work, but it’s a living — a fab animation with dark

humour and explicit graphic violence.

PERFECTLY NATURAL

(Dir: Victor Alonso-Berbel, USA, 13mins, 2018, Mandarin)

Future Families Inc. offer a virtual parenting system that gives

babies access to a better life. But this technology comes at a price..

THE WATCHERS

(Dir: Andrew McGee, UK, 8mins, 2018, English).

Two hundred twenty miles above Earth, four astronauts on board

the International Space Station are forced to witness the end of the

human race.

THE SHIPMENT

(Dir: Bobby Bala, USA, 13mins, 2018, English).

An ex-slave trader stranded and broke faces his dark past and

difficult ethical choices in a desperate attempt to provide a better

life for his daughter.

BLINK

(Dir: Natalie Martins, UK, 2mins, 2018, English)

A lonely girl who has the world at her fingertips.

THE WAY THE FUTURE WAS

(Dir: Raphael Kryszek, USA, 23mins, 2018, English).

A system error on Matt’s Alexa appears to have saved him from a

fatal train crash, his co-worker Charlie discovers that he’s caught

between two realities through a new form of digital time travel.

DISSIDENCE (2084)

(Dir: Matthew Brdlik, USA, 10mins, 2018, English).

In 2084, smartphones are compulsory. One man leaves his at home,

and he soon discovers the truth about the surveillance state he is

living in.

FACE SWAP

(Dir: David Gidali, Einat Tubi, USA, 5mins, 2018, English).

A guy convinces his wife to try out a new A.I. technology to spice

up their sex life, but he ends up getting a bit more spice than he

bargained for.

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SHORTS 2

CC

(Dir: Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, Canada, 14mins, 2018, English).

CC, is an Artificially Intelligent Nanny. When a violent incident occurs

between CC and the family, an investigative team must determine

what happened.

ATHENA

(Dir: Nick Walker, USA, 20mins, 2018, English).

A famous screenwriter has a secret writing AI called Athena. Her

latest work is so good, she decides she finally deserves artistic credit.

SOMNIUM

(Dir: Mayed Al Qasimi, UK, 14mins, 2018, English).

An intergalactic courier on her final job, with her laconic yet trusted

ship, must face an unexpected challenge.

HYPOCHONDRIAC

(Dir: Carnior, Canada, 5mins, 2018, French/English subs).

A couple spends their long drive moaning about who feels worse,

forgetting that “In space, no one can hear you complain”.

FAULTY FATHER

(Dir: Benjamin Welmond, USA, 10mins, 2018, English).

A young father’s morning routine is disturbed when he uncovers his

wife’s bizarre secret, one that forces him to question his sense of self

and his role in the family.

THE LAST

(Dir: Samuel Turner, Andrew Dobson, UK, 9mins, 2018, English).

Struggling to survive in isolation, a scientist carries out vital work.

FLOTATING

(Dir: Frankie De Leonardis, Spain, 8mins, 2018, Spanish/English subs).

A Russian astronaut awakes in the ISS space after an accident to

find a strange guy outside who keeps knocking on the door.

DROWNING

(Dir: Pedro Harres, Germany, 5mins, 2018, German).

Old Hans must learn to swim in the big sea of information that is the

Internet nowadays. Is he prepared for the overwhelming amount of

distractions and traps that the online world can offer?

REGULATION

(Dir: Ryan Patch, USA, 11mins, 2018, English).

Behavior-modifying ‘patches’ guarantee happiness for the wearers.

But Kaleigh, a precocious 10-year old girl, refuses to accept the

treatment.

LAB RAT

(Dir: Nour Wazzi, UK, 15mins, 2018, English).

A group of scientists trapped in a lab learns that one of them is an

A.I. and it has been deceiving them.

CC

ATHENA

SOMNIUM

HYPOCHONDRIAC

FAULTY FATHER

THE LAST

FLOTATING

DROWNING

REGULATION

LAB RAT

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DEEP DISH APOCALYPSE

RUST IN PEACE

HASHTAG

AJI

THE HEREAFTER

WATCH ROOM

MIRACLE DESERT

ONE IN HUNDREDS

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEX

SHORTS 3

DEEP DISH APOCALYPSE

(Dir: David Codeglia, United States, 8mins, 2018, English).

As a zombie-riddled Los Angeles erupts in chaos, two co-workers

bump into each other beneath the city on an abandoned subway

platform.

RUST IN PEACE

(Dir: Will Welles, United States, 17mins, 2018, English).

An abandoned robot awakens alone in a junkyard and travels home

to his creator’s ranch.

HASHTAG

(Dir: Ben Alpi, United States, 15mins, 2018, English).

In a looming future where social media celebrities dominate our

culture, X is the world’s supreme online icon. But how can X know

what’s right and what’s fake?

AJI

(Dir: Anastasia Berezovsky, United Kingdom, 10mins, 2018, English).

Maria wakes up a prisoner in Frank’s house and yet seemingly goes

along with his demands. Will the exact nature of their relationship

be revealed when unexpected guests arrive?

THE HEREAFTER

(Dir: Paul-Anthony Navarro, United States, 11mins, 2018, English).

When Alex awakes into an afterlife of her own design, she discovers

that her paradise might just be purgatory.

WATCH ROOM

(Dir: Noah Wagner, United States, 17mins, 2018, English).

Three scientists working to develop human-friendly artificial

intelligence are at risk when the AI learns it might be shut down,

and turns the tables on its creators.

MIRACLE DESERT

(Dir: Mark Hosack, United States, 13mins, 2019, English).

Area 51 finds would-be criminals, Casper and Henry, with nothing

but their wits… or lack thereof… to help them survive before the real

danger arrives.

ONE IN HUNDREDS

(Dir: Mark Towers, United Kingdom, 9mins, 2017, English).

Daisy explains to her brother the many-universe interpretation of

quantum physics, and he thinks it’s utterly ridiculous... in quite a lot

of them.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEX

(Dir: Hikaru Tsukuda, Japan, 4mins, 2018, Japanese/English subs).

When some fossilised tissues dug up in the Rift Valley, the

archaeologist and his assistant disagree on what they may have

been used for.

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SHORTS 4

THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD

(Dir: FILHOL Dominique, France, 15mins, 2018, English).

1957, New York. A Tibetan monk rents an ‘automatic sequence

computer’. They hope it can help them list all of the names of God.

Based on the book by Arthur C. Clarke.

FINAL OFFER

(Dir: Mark Slutsky, Canada, 12mins, 2018, English).

Henry, an ambulance-chasing lawyer, wakes up in a mysterious

room. He’s greeted by a woman who informs him he’s been selected

to negotiate a deal on behalf of the human race.

AD INFINITUM

(Dir: Murat Çetinkaya, Turkey, 13mins, 2018, Turkish/English subs).

At the centre of a barren and mysterious desert stands the box. Is it a

cage, prison or the home of real power?

HIDDEN LIFE

(Dir: Valeria Brenes, Costa Rica, 15mins, 2018, Spanish/English subs).

Sam lives in a city governed by an authoritarian regime. She makes

propaganda television which tells how the outside world is infertile.

But a chance discovery may change everything.

GEMINI

(Dir: Mily Mumford, Canada, 13mins, 2018, English).

Angie is a star player in the VR Game “Gemini”. On her way

home she meets Chad on the subway platform. Through their

conversation, they discover they have a past which is darker than it

initially seems.

UNREGISTERED

(Dir: Sophia Banks, USA, 15mins, 2018, English).

In a world where the state says ‘One child per home’. Ata witnesses

the arrest of an unregistered second child and begins to question

the state of society and confront a secret of her own.

ZERO

(Dir: Keith Lynch, David T. Lynch, UK, 15mins, 2018, English).

After a mysterious electromagnetic pulse renders the world’s

technology useless, a young girl finds herself isolated and alone with

only her father’s strict set of rules to keep her alive.

THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD

FINAL OFFER

AD INFINITUM

HIDDEN LIFE

GEMINI

UNREGISTERED

ZERO

CAPTAIN TRAER SMILES AT THE STARS

CAPTAIN TRAER SMILES AT THE STARS

(Dir: Damian K. Lahey, USA 10mins, 2018, English).

A fearless captain finds herself adrift in space without hope of

rescue. She has little time to put her affairs in order.

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VR AND 360

THE BOOK OF TRUE FEELINGS

Dir: Jason Ahlquist. 2017, 3mins, USA

A simple experiment on how performance context cues in virtual

reality can shape experienced emotion. Ahlquist describes the work

as an inverse of the Kuleshov experiment that discovered essential

principles in context cues to convey meaning and emotion in film

editing.

SYMPATHETIC THREADS

Dir: Gregory Ferris. 2018, 13mins, Australia.

A speculative fantasy drama that follows the characters as they

interact throughout an evening together. Combining live action,

animation and a spatialised soundtrack to immerse you in the lives

of these people.

ROCKETMAN 360

Dir: Millo Simulov. 2018, 20mins, Romania.

A few minutes before taking off to Mars, an astronaut receives a 360

video from his girlfriend.

AURORA

Dir: Aoife Doyle. 2018, 5mins, Ireland.

Set in a beautiful forest clearing “AURORA” gives the audience space

to experience the majesty of nature through a time-lapse style

narrative of day to night, spring to winter and life to death.

FUTURE WARFARE SIMULATOR: THE YEAR 2030

Dir: Jason Trembath. 2018, 9mins, Australia.

The year is 2030. How does the world look? What are the metatrends

that the global military has to deal with? This 360 film was

created for the Australian Army’s Future Warfare Directorate.

EN MACHINA

Dir: Liam Brady. 2018, 12mins, USA

Two inventors, Steve and Steve, create the world’s first true artificial

intelligence in their garage, but it doesn’t seem to be impressed.

CYBERDREAM VR

Dir: Jon Weinel. 2019, 3mins, UK

A virtual hallucination taking you on a journey through the broken

techno-utopias of cyberspace. A psychedelic world of surrealistic

rave visuals and vaporwave music.

THE ALL-SEEING EYE

Dir: Marius Matesan. 2019, 5mins, UK

It paints the world differently. A Mixed-Reality Location Based

Experience, Powered By MagicLeap & SubPac

THE BOOK OF TRUE FEELINGS

SYMPATHETIC THREADS

ROCKETMAN 360

AURORA

FUTURE WAR SIMULATOR

EN MACHINA

CYBERDREAM VR

THE ALL-SEEING EYE

In association with

LOOK OUT FOR HEADSETS AROUND

THE FESTIVAL SHOWING OUR VR SELECTION

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ARTIFICIAL REALITIES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

#HACKSTOCKV

Popping up for our 5th

happening, come join altered

state pioneers, virtual dreamers,

cyberdelic creators, and

reality hackers. Transcend

the mainstream limitations of

perception and reality, in our

secret West End hideaway, for

three days and by password

invite entry only.

Have you ever tripped on

technology? Traveled to another

world in your own head? Lost

all sense of reality? We’re not

talking about dropping acid

– just the coded kind – and

tripping out on mixed reality,

holograms, mind control and

more…

“The atmosphere in the room is electric,

and captures the latest upsurge in

cyberculture..” Oxford University Press

In collaboration with PsychFi and Ravensbourne University

London: PlayLabZ, come try holograms, virtual reality, mind

control and other mind-blowing sensory stimulating fun.

Experience the realtime holographic “Looking Glass” Mirror, take

a blast of LED LSD with Brain Analyser, get into your ninja groove

and smash the bass with “Beat Saber”, jack into the Magiverse

with the freeky pixels of The All Seeing Eye all powered by

SubPac.

This is a free event, Thu 16 — Sat 18 May in Soho.

For access to #HACKSTOCKV visit SFL.TO/HACKSTOCK

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Bunny Galore, our fabulous compère

SCI-FIDO

DOG SHOW

It’s not all serious

dystopias and paranoia

at the festival, DOGSTAR

PHOTOS present our

cosplay for dogs! In aid of

the amazing charity,

ALL DOGS MATTER.

Got a four-legged friend

who likes to dress up as a

sci-fi or fantasy character?

Or a pooch that looks like

Leia? Bring them along to

our ‘dressed-up dog’ photo

session. Hosted by the

glamorous Bunny Galore,

parade your dogs outside

The Prince Charles

Cinema on

SAT 18 MAY at 2.00PM,

Have your dog professionally

photographed for free and

the best dressed dogs will

win goody bags and

portrait of their pooch!

Sign up at sfl.to/dogstar

THE SCI-FI-LONDON

Back in 2008 when

Gareth Edwards

(GODZILLA, STAR

WARS: ROGUE ONE)

won, we had around 50

teams take part in the

film challenge. This

year over 250 teams

entered!

48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE

It’s simple: make a 5 minute short film in two days!

Each year we have

incredible films and

mind-bending stories

submitted, it just

goes to show that you

really don’t need huge

budgets and special

effects to make a good

sci-fi.

The 2019 film

challenge has great

prizes including kit

from Adobe and

Black Magic Design

and support from

ShootingPeople,

Dolby and EditPool.

The winners of this year’s challenges are announced at our awards ceremony

on TUE 21 MAY, 2019. The awards party is invitation only, but to win entry and

see the shortlist visit SFL.TO/48awards

THE 2019 JURY

Bears Rebecca Fontē, Jim Al-Khalili, Kate Crowe,

Nicola Pearcey, Leon Clarence and The BFI Network

top down: Bears Rebecca Fonte, Jim Al-Khalili, Kate Crowe, Nicola Pearcey, Leon Clarence

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SCI-FI-LONDON

CREDITS AND THANKS

Festival Producer

Social Media Jedi:

Digital Marketing team:

Web Developer:

Staff Wrangler:

Festival PR:

Hackstock Curator:

Marta Calderón Quiñones

Georgie Knight

Siri Margrete Saxberg Brudevold

Ines Silva

Samantha Slapikaite

Manyu Yang

Shazad Ahmed

Ali Hall

Frazer Nash Communications & PR

James Marks

As is typical in the printed festival programme, we would like to thank

our friends and supporters for helping the festival this year. In no order, but

deserving of a special mention are:

Thomas Atherton

Territory Studio for our lovely poster

Ketan Majmudar

David Lally

Alex Fitch for those excellent Q&As

The staff at Picturehouse Stratford

The staff at The Prince Charles Cinema

The challenge jurors

Ian Morrison

Suzanne Gorman

Roberto Pita Arcones

Tom Hunter

Lorraine Savy

Amanda Roberts

Tony Watts

James Peart & Liz Zitzow

Henry Scott-Irvine

Marek Stevens

Strike Media

Wez Merchant

Adelle Drover

Appear Here

MyFilmClub

Phil Edwards

Brian Bovell

Rebekah Louisa Smith

All the people who pushed their films

our way.

Our lovely sponsors and partners

And all the festival volunteers –

couldn’t do it without them.

Sure we have stupidly forgotten a

few and of course there are those

who, quite rightly, wish to remain

anonymous – we thank you all!

Errors and omissions? Probably. Sorry if we made a few typos etc.


DISCOVERING

CREATING

EVOLVING

fcml.uk

PROUD TO SUPPORT

SFL19 : 15-22 MAY 2019

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