£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
LA JETEE (1962) - 3:30PM
TWELVE MONKEYS (1995) - 4:10PM
SEASON LAUNCH PARTY - 7:00PM
Welcome to Sci-Fi Sundays at Deptford Cinema. Join us for an afternoon movie on the last Sunday of the month. With quarterly themes, our 2018/2019 programme delves into wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, Earthly welcomes, post-Earths, new flesh and everything in between when it comes to our favourite Science Fiction cinema.
Alongside each screening we’ve organised a little something extra; quizzes, short-films, panel discussions and much more.
Our first theme is TIME, a staple of science fiction that had us struggling to narrow down a huge list of great time travel films.
dir. Terry Gilliam
There’s one filmmaker living today whose films continue to present a world that is repressive and restricted, but whose characters have a perception of reality that takes them - and the audience - to where anything is possible.
That filmmaker is Terry Gilliam.
After the success of The Fisher King (1991), Gilliam was offered a new project in the shape of Twelve Monkeys, a complex and brilliant screenplay by David Peoples (Blade Runner) and his partner, Janet.
The story takes place in the year 2035 and prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis) is selected by a group of scientists to travel back in time to 1996 to gather information on a deadly virus, which has forced humanity underground. However, Cole accidentally arrives in 1990, and soon finds himself in the company of mental patient Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) and Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeline Stowe) who he tries to convince of his mission. But has Cole really travelled from the future, or has he ended up in the company of these two because he’s simply lost his mind?
Like all great sci-fi films, Twelve Monkeys reflects our own reality and it continues to be prescient and ever more important, especially as we find ourselves in a digital age where we struggle to know exactly what is real and what is fake.
The film was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and became a box office hit, securing acclaim and (albeit brief) A-list status for Gilliam in Hollywood. Both Willis and Pitt play against type and are superb in their roles (Pitt went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), but what truly holds the film together is Madeline Stowe; the love story between her character and Willis’ is the glue of the film, elevating it above most others from the genre.
dir. Chris Marker
We are thrilled to present a rare big screen outing for Chris Marker’s masterful short film, La Jetée, in which a prisoner in the future is sent back and forth through time to find a way to restore the destroyed world. It has endured as one of the finest short films of all time, even making it to #50 on Sight & Sound’s 2012 poll of the greatest films ever made and was the inspiration for Twelve Monkeys.
SCI-FI SUNDAYS LAUNCH PARTY
7:00pm until late
We’re extremely excited about our next year of programming for our new monthly season, Sci-Fi Sundays. Please join us in the DC bar after our first screening from 7:00pm to celebrate with special sci-fi cocktails and music. We are also working on organising some further surprises for the evening which will be announced nearer the date.
This will also be your first opportunity to get your hands on a copy of our lovely programme covering a whole year of films, talks and a whole host of events for Sci-Fi Sundays.