“Good job, son. I’m very proud of you. Now, what’s your next job?” These were the words that master director, Ridley Scott, offered his son, Luke, upon seeing his debut feature film,Morgan. Coming from the famously terse director of Blade Runner and Alien – two cornerstones of the sci-fi genre – that’s high praise indeed. And it’s well deserved too. A chilling, keenly intelligent meld of horror and sci-fi in which mad science leads to violence and terror, Morgan will appropriately bring The 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival to a close, with the fest opening with the Ridley Scott-produced Equals. A cerebral chiller that announces a dazzling new filmmaking talent, Morgan – which stars Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michelle Yeoh – will still be rattling around in your head long after the credits have rolled.
Amongst the already announced selection of cutting edge, hotly contemporary sci-fi titles (including Rupture, Approaching The Unknown, The Purge: Election Year, and This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy), The 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival has also made room for something very special indeed, with the 1982 classic, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, set to screen in a brand new 2K remastered director’s cut version never before seen in cinemas. Don’t hesitate: this will literally be your one and only chance to see the best Star Trek movie as it was intended on the big screen in Australia. And if that’s not enough to get you thinking about which Star Trek character you want to come dressed as, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan will be screening straight after the profoundly moving documentary, For The Love Of Spock, in which director, Adam Nimoy, pays warm and wonderful tribute to his father, Leonard Nimoy, and the character that he made famous.
Along with the main programme at The Ritz Cinema, Randwick, there will also be two very special free events at The AFTRS Theatre on Sunday, October 23. 10:00am will see the blast-off of “The Upcoming Australian Film Showcase”, an exclusive look into the minds behind three new Australian sci-fi flicks – The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One, Blue World Order, and Space/Time – with the filmmakers screening clips from their works and answering audience questions. Directly afterwards at noon will be a very special presentation of Cerulean, in which concept illustrator, Tani Kunitake (The Matrix, Avengers, Star Wars), will illustrate performer, Dani Swan, live in person, and then present their upcoming collaboration on the multi-media mind-bender, Cerulean, a boundary-pushing comic book, TV series, and feature film.
The 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival has also made the official announcement about its two Short Film Programmes, which will explode on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00pm and Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm. This year’s short film line up celebrates both established filmmakers and new talent, and boasts titles from around the globe, with entries from Australia, UK, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Russian Federation, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Spain, USA, and South Africa. “I’ve been absolutely astounded by the short films that we’ve assembled for The 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival,” says festival founder and director, Dov Kornits. “The diversity of the talent and ideas on display is breathtaking, and what these gifted filmmakers achieve with their limited budgets will blow you back in your seats. Trust me, the next Ridley Scott, George Miller, and James Cameron are in amongst this incredible crew of directors.” See below for the full list of titles in The 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival’s two Short Film Programmes.
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