Days of Fear and Wonder Sci-Fi Season Launched

Film Hub NI and the British Film Institute organise nationwide season of sci-fi film screenings

A season of wonderfully weird, entertaining, scary and sometimes downright bizarre film screenings and events is coming to a venue near you, as the BFI and Film Hub NI announce details of its biggest ever themed programme of film and television, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2.

Running from October to December 2014, as part of a nationwide blockbuster project, Northern Irish audiences will be taken through unexplored territory to a world of aliens, time travel and parallel universes.


More than 1,000 screenings of classic sci-fi films and TV series will take place at more than 200 locations, as well as talks and debates addressing the myriad questions around sci-fi. The events on offer will also highlight the UK’s star role in the history of sci-fi film, television and literature, and will feature locations of great sci-fi significance.

Hugh Odling-Smee, project manager at Film Hub NI said: 'BFI FAN members have boldly taken the sci-fi brief and created mind-blowing programmes of screenings, guests and events to bring classics of the genre to Northern Irish audiences in new and exciting ways.

'This is a great example of how collectively we can broaden the horizons of cinema goers in Northern Ireland. The programme is testament to the creativity and commitment of the Film Hub NI's membership, and we're delighted that the BFI have supported our work.'

Sci-Fi NI is supported through lottery funding by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and delivered by Film Hub NI’s members including Black Box Belfast, the Nerve Centre, Dungannon Film Club, Cinemagic, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Film Festival, Queen's Film Theatre and more.

Highlights from the collective season in Belfast include Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior hosted by the Belfast Film at T13, a former shipbuilding warehouse turned skate park; San Francisco drag superstar and filmmaker Peaches Christ introducing 1970s classic Barbarella; and a season of events programmed by Filmgoer at the Beanbag Cinema.

In Derry~Londonderry, the Foyle Film Festival and Nerve Centre will present Sci-Fi: Reflections on the Big Screen, a series of classics including Alien: The Director's Cut, The Fly and A Clockwork Orange, as well as sci-fi filmmaking workshops, presentations and panel discussions, and the Dungannon Film Club in Tyrone will team up with Film Hub NI to present immersive screenings of George Lucas’ THX 1138 and Ridley Scott’s Alien.

Events will run until the end of 2014, and will total at least 576 screenings and events across the UK, showing 419 titles across 124 locations, all curated by cinema experts with unsurpassed knowledge of their local audiences. Audiences can search for their nearest event using their postcode on the BFI website.