The BFI's huge sci-fi season begins with three classic screenings at the British Museum (28-30 August)

The BFI’s is once again planning a new mini-season of films which will screen in the forecourt of the British Museum (following the sold-out screenings from the BFI Gothic season in 2013 and the Hitchcock launch the year before) only this time with a trilogy of science fiction classics screening from this Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 August. Its all part of  the BFI's upcoming gargantuan Scifi season which will begin in October. On the biggest outdoor screen the BFI have ever deployed will be:  Flash GordonThe Day the Earth Caught Fire and The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Along with this giant screen, the BFI press release promises: "a stellar sound system, thrilling audiences of up to 1,200 each night. Each evening the out-of-this-world entertainment will be accompanied by special guests and the invitation for viewers to participate in the terrestrial fun."

Details of the full BFI Scifi season, including screenings, events, film and DVD releases, special guests and more can be found on the BFI site, though the full schedule is yet to come. Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder will run from October-December 2014 with a UK-wide programme of film and DVD releases, special screenings, events, guests and more.

From the BFI Site:

The Man Who Fell to Earth

20.15-23.00, Friday 29 August

An alien, stranded on Earth while on a mission to find water for his own world, initiates a plan to amass a fortune in order to fund a space programme that will help him return to his home planet. David Bowie’s impressive performance, in his first major screen role (and clearly building on his other-worldly public persona), helped, in tandem with Nicolas Roeg’s mesmerising direction, to turn this into a cult film.

UK 1976. Dir Nicolas Roeg. With Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry. 138min, Cert 18
Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL and Park Circus Films

Flash Gordon (new digital transfer)

20:15 – 22:30, Sat 30 August

Alex Raymond’s popular comic strip character bounds on to the screen to heroically save the Earth from the hissable villainy of Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow on splendid form), ruthless ruler of the planet Mongo. Mike Hodges directs with verve and wit, Queen provide the memorable score and Fellini’s frequent collaborator, Danilo Donati, provides costume and set designs that ravish the eye. And not forgetting Brian Blessed with wings! 

UK 1980. Dir Mike Hodges. With Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton. 107min, Cert PG
Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL and Park Circus Films


Each film £15, no concessions. Joint ticket (all three screenings) £39.

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