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Imagining the Future: Screen Utopias

Panel Discussion and Screening

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Sun 22 May 2016

Imagining the Future: Screen Utopias

Panel Discussion and Screening

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Sun 22 May 2016,

What is it about the idea of things to come that energises and terrifies in equal measure? How can we imagine what is not yet here and what is to come – tomorrow or 100 hundred years in the future? Taking inspiration from HG Wells’ 1933 story The Shape of Things to Come which, in 1936 was adapted for the screen by Alexander Korda, Tim Boon (Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum), Adam O’Brien (University of Bristol), Sefryn Penrose (University College London), Angela Piccini (University of Bristol) and Sarah Street (University of Bristol) discuss the different ways in which ‘things to come’ have been explored on the silver screen.

While on-screen utopias are most readily seen through science fiction, the panel will also consider a wide range of other film and television genres, including musicals, sports films, documentaries, prison dramas and political satire. How might different genres envision yet-to-come communities, ways of being and new politics?

The panel discussion will be followed by a special screening of Things to Come (Alexander Korda, 1936).

Part of Creating Real Utopias in the 21st Century, a two-day festival in association with the University of Bristol’s Anticipation Research Group.

Illustration: Publicity poster for Things to Come.

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