A personal favourite of the Smoke Screen editor, and something of an under-appreciated scifi classic that sports striking production design and a paranoia-infused story worthy of Philip K. Dick, Alex Proyas's Dark City tells the story of John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), who waked up alone in a strange hotel room to find that he is wanted for a series of murders. But Murdochhe can’t remember whether he committed the murders or not. Convinced that he has gone mad, Murdoch seeks to unravel the riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings known as the Strangers who are experimenting on humans by rearranging the spaces and places in which they live and wiping their memories. Murdoch must learn how to fight them by harnessing his own, strange inner power.
The FREE screening courtesy of Science Fiction Theatre will be preceded by a talk from urban geographer Dr Regan Koch of Queen Mary University of London, who will consider some of the more ordinary ways that public life in cities is constantly being reconfigured. From large-scale transformations to micro-level modifications, there are good reasons to be both pessimistic and hopeful about contemporary urbanisation.