Following a screening of BLADE RUNNER earlier in the year, Gerry Maguire’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST continues with two more sci-fi cult classics: THE RUNNING MAN (24 JUL) + THE ANIMATRIX (08 AUG) at Regent Street Cinema.
By RADIANT CIRCUS
Indie filmmaker, producer and promoter Gerry Maguire continues his strand of cult sci-fi screenings dedicated to exploring the impact and consequence of popular science fiction ideas in today’s world. Coming next are the reality TV prototype movie (based on a Richard Bachman aka Stephen King novella), THE RUNNING MAN (24 JUL) and MATRIX universe download, THE ANIMATRIX (08 AUG).
Both films project in the velveteen luxury of the Regent Street Cinema* and come packed with special features. Here’s what you need to know.
THE RUNNING MAN d. Paul Michael Glaser, 1987 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (24 JUL 19:30):
Bored of the same old reality TV? Settle down and enjoy Arnie and co fighting their way to freedom in Paul Michael Glaser’s dystopian vision of totalitarian power run amok, in a vision of the future which may have you questioning what you watch in the year it was set, 2019. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on reality TV, media power and fake news.
On the panel will be Alfie Bown a lecturer in media arts at Royal Holloway University London and author of The Playstation Dreamworld (Polity, 2017). He writes for the Guardian and other places, and tweets at @leftist_gamer.
THE ANIMATRIX d. Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, & Shin’ichirô Watanabe, 2003 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (08 AUG 19:30 – featured image):
Originally released online and on DVD as a story companion to THE MATRIX RELOADED, this rarely screened anthology of animated shorts sheds light on the incredible Matrix universe and unites the Wachowskis with some of the Japanese animation giants who influenced their sci-fi trilogy. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on virtual reality and artificial worlds.
DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Forthcoming screenings include:
- THE RUNNING MAN d. Paul Michael Glaser, 1987 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (24 JUL 19:30).
- THE ANIMATRIX d. Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, & Shin’ichirô Watanabe, 2003 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (08 AUG 19:30).
- You can read Gerry Maguire’s article about the first film in this series, BLADE RUNNER, in our ODDITORIUM, here.
*Take something to hang on the popout brass coat hook in the seat back in front of you… you’ll feel pretty special.
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