Station X at Bletchley Park, which takes on Saturday 8 November, will be a family friendly day of immersive film screenings complete with moon buggies, a crashed spaceships site and eerie soundscapes. The day’s programme explores future war narratives, totalitarian dystopias and the fear of the power of science
Known to those who worked there as Station X, the event provides an opportunity to visit site of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where wartime code-breakers cracked the Enigma Code and which was the birthplace for the world’s first electronic computer, Colossus.
This year also marks 60 years since the death of Alan Turing, one of Bletchley Park’s leading cryptanalysts who pioneered thought in computing and artificial intelligence. His story his told in the new release The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
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The event is resented by the Cambridge Film Trust and funded with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Details can be found at: www.stationxscifi.com
Station X’s film programme includes a special pre-release Q&A preview of Monsters: Dark Continent with director Tom Green. The film is set ten years on from the events of the critically acclaimed Monsters in a world where the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide.
The alien abduction comedy The Search for Simon (2013) will be screened with a Q&A with director Martin Gooch. The film stars cast Tom Price (Torchwood), Carol Cleveland (Monty Python) and Simon Jones (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).
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Musicians John Sweeney and Jeff Davenport will perform a live score for Cosmic Voyage, a Russian film from 1935 which sees the first humans, including a young boy, embarking on a trip to the moon.
Sci-Fi classic titles include Hammer Films, X The Unknown (1956) directed by Leslie Norman and starring Dean Jagger and Leo McKern. Mixing sci-fi and horror, the film follows a group of scientists and army officials faced with a destructive, radioactive mass that has escaped from the earth's centre, terrorising a remote area of Scotland.
Hammer Films’s star Peter Cushing plays Winston Smith in Nigel Kneale’s original BBC TV adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 (1954). There will also be a screening of Val Guest’s The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961), newly restored by the BFI National Archive with support by Simon W Hessel.
Other films include HG Wells’ adaptation Things to Come (1936), Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war satire Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956), the rogue computer thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) and the big screen version of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967). There will also be a screening of the sound version of 1929 thriller High Treason.
In addition there will be a special ‘Surprise screening’ on the Saturday night, details of which will be revealed closer to the event.
Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and prices start from £12 for concessions after 4pm, up to £28 for a full-day/evening adult ticket (which includes a year long passport to Bletchley Park). All tickets also include entrance to the National Museum of Computing, home of Colossus and The Witch. Under 12s go free. Tickets can be booked at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/station-x-sci-fi-7132561867