Meet the animals who have shaped London's history. Step into a tour through London’s history, narrated by the animals who once lived here. Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the capital. Be guided through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves.
The 1930s were a pivotal decade for British avantgarde architecture. Despite the relative paucity of modernist buildings being commissioned, by 1937 the country had, for a brief moment, become the epicentre of progressive contemporary architecture in Europe.
Family friendly Halloween-themed activities return to ZSL London Zoo this half term (19-27 October 2019). Celebrating the more gruesome side of nature, it’s the perfect thing to do for Halloween in London with your little monsters.
The lights get turned down and the music turned up, as the world's best track riders do battle across six nights of epic racing, all set to a thrilling soundtrack.
Follow the map to unlock the hidden word and claim your Halloween goody bag full
of creepy treats then listen to the Ghoul of the Gardens as they weave their magic
with their spooky story.
Join Riba for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this Award winning building from the architects who designed it.
Rarely open to the public, the Depot houses most of London Transport Museum’s extensive collection – over 320,000 artefacts from the Capital’s transport history. September’s event will offer visitors the chance to see fascinating objects not currently on display at the Museum in Covent Garden, as well as enjoy a lively programme of talks, workshops, guided tours, demonstrations and family activities.
As part of this series of events showcasing 2019's Award winners, Gatti Routh Rhodes Architects are giving a tour of the Bethnal Green Mission Church.
Tom Kerridge and his merry band of foodie friends toured the country in 2018 with a stellar line up of world-class chefs and award-winning pubs, who served their signature dishes to our Pub in the Park punters.
Fast establishing a reputation as one of the most exciting organists of his generation, Peter Holder has held the post of Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey since October 2017.
It's that time of year again and it's time to go wild about the wetlands and take part in loads of fun and free activities!
For 2019 we have some amazing activities including:
Wetland Detective Trail - complete this and you'll win a prize!
Nature and wildlife arts and crafts
Meet the bees, bats and birds
Children can get a taste of life behind the scenes of the Zoo in a fun-packed, role-playing experience over the summer holidays - Zoo It Yourself!
To celebrate the opening of our brand new Animal Adventure play zone (open 31 July), which includes a mini climbing wall, Splash Zone, and of course amazing animals, we’re giving junior animal lovers the chance to get a taste of life behind the scenes and get hands-on, exploring what it takes to build a new exhibit.
Running through the summer holidays, from 24 July - 1 September 2019, kids can join the works crew to help build the enclosure by flattening the ground using a ride on digger, drilling, and solving drain pipe connecting puzzles.
Then, when the exhibit has been built, they can join the gardening team to carefully choose the right plants, flowers and herbs to create a perfect natural space for the animals to move into.
And of course once the space is ready it’s time for the animals to arrive! New Zoo recruits will help our veterinary team carry out health checks on soft toy animals to make sure they are fit and well before they move in.
The new animals are now all set to enjoy their new home. But first, little keepers need to prepare their food, do one last clean up and make sure they have plenty of enrichment in place to keep them happy and stimulated.
Zoo It Yourself is recommended for children aged 4-10 years old and is included in the Zoo’s entry price. Sessions will run from 11am - 5pm. There's no need to book a session in advance, simply turn up on the day.
London's themed cinema experts gear up for an ‘all singing, all dancing’ retro, West Coast show, throwing the biggest Sing-A-Long beach parties in town this summer. Featuring adult only Slush Puppie cocktails, (musical mash-ups from) Jaguar Skills and dazzling light shows for each screening.
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019, Walthamstow Garden Party returns to Lloyd Park for a sixth year running, presented by the Barbican, Create London, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and local residents. This is a global festival made locally, celebrating and powered by the incredible creativity of Waltham Forest, the Mayor’s first ever London Borough of Culture.
Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera.
Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Watch a live screening of this famous opera from the Royal Opera House stage to your nearest BP Big Screen.
Back by popular demand, London’s much-loved Wimbledon screenings will return to three of the capital’s favourite lifestyle hotspots this summer. Cardinal Place in Victoria, and One New Change and New Street Square in the City, will be serving up all the action live from Centre Court – but with an all-new tropical twist.
Join Paradise Wildlife Park for an incredible fundraising evening. Paradise will be hosting their annual Summer Ball 2019 in aid of wildlife & conservation on Saturday 29th June.
An evening of good food, good friends, good wine and brilliant entertainment! The perfect night out with friends, family or colleagues.
There will be sweaty, endorphin-boosting classes on offer from some of London’s top fitness studios, including Barry’s Bootcamp, Third Space, Kobox, Psycle, Crossfit, The Manor, UN1T and Engine Room, to name a few. There is even a Beyoncé inspired yoga class!
The British Academy Summer Showcase 2019 takes place 21-22 June
This summer the British Academy will once again throw open the doors of its Regency building and gardens, for its annual two-day Summer Showcase – a free festival of ideas for curious minds.
Featuring 15 interactive exhibits alongside pop-up talks, workshops and performances, the Summer Showcase brings the best new humanities and social sciences research to life.
Tom Jones has announced a very special headline London show this summer, taking place at the spectacular courtyard of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – home of the Chelsea Pensioners.
The event is an annual series of five races. They usually taking place during the months of June, July, August and September.
People across London can enjoy free culture on their doorstep as Romeo and Juliet is broadcast live in Trafalgar Square, IQL Summer Lawn in Stratford, Television Centre White City, The Scoop at London Bridge City and Arena Square in Wembley Park as the first in the Royal Opera House 2019 BP Big Screens series, on Tuesday 11 June 2019. Audiences can pack a picnic and head with friends and family to watch in one of 16 locations across the UK from Alnwick Castle in Northumberland to Queen’s Drive Space in Exmouth.
You're invited to see the Zoo as you've never seen it before, serving up a unique mix of wildlife and city life on Friday nights over the summer.
New this year, put your putting skills to the test in our brand new Plonk crazy golf course*! Travel across the world visiting our animal's habitats in this 9-hole course, featuring crazy loops, balancing beams and radical ramps.
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its62nd year and will be opened on Friday 7th June at noon by the actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry. The Fair is being held from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June in Battersea Park
FEST Camden embarks on another unmissable concept for their summer 2019 season: Wonderfest Rooftop celebrates a rich history of iconic festivals all over the world with a fully transformed roof garden and immersive festival experience. Now open and running through unitl the end of summer, Wonderfest offers a perfect way to eat, drink and party festival-style minus the mud and rain.
This May bank holiday weekend, Steel Yard returns to London. Organisers have confirmed they’re bringing the 20-metre-high superstructure back to the capital on 25 – 26 May 2019 – and they've revealed who'll be topping the line-up: dance pioneer Eric Prydz on Saturday; while techno icon Carl Cox is set to lead the bill on Sunday.
The HSBC London Sevens arrives at Twickenham Stadium on the 25 and 26 May 2019, bringing with it a breathtaking concoction of fast and furious rugby, live entertainment and activities, and mouth-watering street food and pop-up bars.
Crinkle-cut comedy trio Hot Crisps are back!
After a hiatus which was suspiciously as long as the negotiations in Brussels, the best friends (and Jake) will be performing a hilarious hour of their biggest hits for the last time ever at the Etcetera Theatre in May.
The Pavilion Bar and Grill at RBG Kew has opened its doors today after an ambitious two-year redevelopment. On the site of the old Pavilion Restaurant, the exciting new eatery offers a fast-casual dining experience all year round. The restaurant produces sumptuous seasonal food in an open kitchen with customers able to watch as dishes are freshly prepared on the grill by Kew’s chefs.
UK: London, Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL2019 launches its stellar 19th annual programme which will run from 15th May until 22nd May across London with eight days of amazing film, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 4 world film premieres, 11 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!
Opening this year’s festival on the 15th May at the Prince Charles Cinema is the UK Premiere of PERFECT– a film that sends us tripping into a science fiction world like no other. Directed by Eddie Alcazar (KUSO) it is unclear if the young man (Garrett Wareing) has committed the horrible crime, but his mother (Abbie Cornish) sends him to a luxurious retreat full of beautiful hedonistic people for therapy. He will receive an experimental treatment to cure his ills and discover his true self. His mother has been there, but does she want to help him become ‘perfect’? Frenetic editing, soul shocking set-pieces and some eye-popping animation by Kidmograph, PERFECT alternates between calm and chaos, and picks at themes of AI, genetic engineering and esotericism. With its super-heightened visuals worthy of Gasper Noe, production design that DAZED would find hard to beat and a stunning soundtrack by Flying Lotus, this is ALTERED STATES for the iGeneration.
"Steven Soderbergh presents an overwhelming sensory assault”. ScreenAnarchy
The festival’s Closing Night on the 22nd May at Stratford Picturehouse is the World Premiere of THE RIZEN: POSSESSION directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. In 1955, NATO and the Allied Forces conducted secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They succeeded, but what they unleashed almost tore our world apart and sent a human through a portal to somewhere very alien. This was the story of THE RIZEN, our closing night premiere in 2017. Come forward to now, and a group of urban explorers is exploring the abandoned bunker. But will they and a private military unit sent in after them, become the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed.
"Violent and witty in equal amounts, this is a very British sci-fi horror." SFL
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SCI-FIDO – THE WORLD’S, ONLY COSPLAY FOR DOGS EVENT, returns this year on Saturday 18th May outside the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, in association with DOGSTARPHOTO and ALL DOGS MATTER for the Crufts of Science fiction! Do you have a four-legged friend who likes to dress up as a sci-fi character? Or a pooch that looks like Princess Leia? Bring them along to our ‘dressed-up dog’ photo session!
Augmented, virtual, enhanced, trans or multimedia – it’s ‘mixed up’. A few brands have led the way - adding a VR thing here, an AR thing there – but does it make any difference and does this usual corporate approach get to the audience in a way that makes them care? #HACKSTOCK: 5 on the 16th – 18th May at festival’s secret HQ is our answer – bringing creators, makers, disrupters, artists, musicians, hackers, developers and you together in one place to talk it, think it, do it and play with it. And it’s Free! We have every flavour of headset - from cardboard to Magic Leap and a myriad of other toys to play with.
Access to the Hackstock playground is by password only, register on the festival website for the details.
Other major Film Premiere Galas this year include the World Premiere of SHED OF THE DEAD, directed by Drew Cullingham, it’s darkly funny, gruesome and a little bit rude! Shaun of the Dead meets The Archers. Trevor (Spencer Brown) doesn’t really like gardening but has an allotment in which he spends his days avoiding his overbearing wife. Most of his time in his shed is spent painting figurines for wargames he plays with his friend, Graham (Ewen MacIntosh), both of them dreaming and arguing about their gaming alter-egos.
One day, Mr Parsons, one of the other allotment tenants, knocks with a petition to have Trevor evicted as his plot is a disgrace. After what should have been a simple argument, Trevor is left with a corpse to hide. Unfortunately, this untimely accident coincides with the Zombie Apocalypse and Mr Parsons' return is just the start of Trevor's problems. More pressing is whether or not he should try and save his wife (Lauren Socha) and her beautiful best friend (Emily Booth), who both he and Graham have a thing for... The film also features a little BDSM fun provided by Michael Berryman.
Celebrating its World Premiere, AFTER WE LEAVE is a brilliant début for director Aleem Hossain, a vibrant script, satisfying special effects and outstanding performances – the type of film this festival searches for every year.
Near future, Los Angeles is a bleak place: permanent recession, water shortages, and rising crime. Six years ago, Jack abandoned his wife and vanished. Now he's back because before he left, they'd applied for a visa to immigrate to a better life on an off-world colony. The permit has finally come through, but there's a catch: it's a couple’s visa, and Jack cannot leave Earth without his wife. Is Jack back because he wants to make things right or because he needs his wife so he can use this "lottery ticket" to a better life?
Another World Premiere is THE TANGLE, a brilliant sci-fi noir written and directed by Christopher Soren Kelly and stars Jessica Graham (Crazy Bitches) and Nicole Da Silva(Wentworth)
In the near future, the TANGLE, an AI with airborne nanotech, connects the world. The Tangle is benevolent; it has stopped crime, keeps us well and safe. But to make sure it never turns rogue a government agency watches over them from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is found dead in one of these rooms, the agency needs to investigate the first murder in years.
Also having its world premiere is ZOO-HEAD, directed by Navin Dev. With the aesthetic of TRAINSPOTTING and the weirdness of GROUNDHOG DAY, this is a strong debut from Dev, with great performances and awesome techno soundtrack to boot. Charlie is a zoo-head, a slang term given to junkies addicted to a powerful hallucinogenic that has memory munching side-effects. Squatting in a foetid apartment and existing on benefits, Charlie is a mess, and it is about to get worse. The Social Service is forcing the long-term unemployed to under-go radically experimental treatment to get them ‘normalised’; the only danger would be to zoo-heads. Charlie gets called in and lies about his situation, and so begins his treatment.
UK Premieres include:
FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE
Dir: Fint, 2018, Japan/Germany, 74mins, Japanese/German (English subtitles).
The world will end soon, so what to do? Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and a mute drifter cross the white desert to experience the final performance of the mysterious rockstar hero.
This visually stunning work MUST be seen on the big screen. Its soundtrack will leave you humming and tapping for days to come, and its beautiful production design burns your brain.
The film stars Kiki Sukezane (Westworld) and features performances by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Stereo Total.
"Is it daft punk? Is it THX? No, it is FONOTUNE, and you will never forget it." SFL
Dir: Shae Sterling, 2018, New Zealand, 90mins, English.
New Zealand is beautiful, and often we only see the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes and not the everyday life of your average stoner.
Riko (Jimi Jackson) lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash-landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens, and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions.
"Raw and real as Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste", more bro' than Taika Waititi's "Boy", and up there with Kevin Smith's "Clerks" as a debut indie film. Garth Bray, Amazon" SFL
Dir: David Giancola, 2019, 93mins, USA
Dane (RYAN WESEN) was going to steal one last car before he quit forever, but is disturbed by Tomas, an inventor being chased by the police, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A. Trapped in the manic crossfire, Tomas passes a device to Dane, who is teleported miles away into the arms of Kate (LAURA JAMES, S*W*A*T). She could be the girl of his dreams except for the global conspiracy he has just embroiled her in. The FBI’s Ray Moritz (MAXWELL CAULFIELD, Grease 2) wants to destroy it, Amanda Graham (SEAN YOUNG, Blade Runner) wants it for the C.I.A., and rogue agent Sy Devol (JOHN JAMES, Dynasty) has his sinister plans.
Sy unleashes his brutal assassin, Brink (SAM J. JONES, Flash Gordon) who leaves a trail of corpses behind him while pursuing the ‘Axcellerator’ device. To stay alive, Dane and Kate must discover the Axcellerator’s secret. An exhilarating rollercoaster ride reminiscent of 80s blockbusters – a classic, fun action thriller.
John James is confirmed to attend, others TBA.
AFTER THE LETHARGY
Dir: Marc Carrete, 2018, 82mins, SPAIN
Sara, a journalist with a keen interest in UFOs, receives a video from a paranormal researcher, talking about a hotspot for landings and sightings. She travels to the forest to meet the researcher and meets the park ranger who tells her of a dark character who lives alone deep in the woods and the abandoned retreat. Soon she discovers the truth about the UFo sightings and must fight for her life.
"All-out monster, promising a mesmerising mix of terror and adventure" Bloody Disgusting
"Takes hybridisation to extremely graphic proportions' Dread Central
"Old school sci-fi horror at its finest, great twists and turns, seat of the pants thrills and some truly gross-out moments." SFL
THE FINAL LAND
Dir: Marcel Barion, 2019, 113mins, Germany, German (English subtitles)
Across the bleak wilderness, the prisoner has escaped, looking for a rumoured ship that might get him off-world. One of his pursuers discovers him aboard the craft and instead of turning him in declares he also wants a way out and together they fly away. But who built the ship and where did it come from, more importantly, where are the crew? As they try to answer these questions, they hear a strange signal and obsessing on its origin head toward it. This feature debut by Barion is a testament to what performance and pragmatic use of resources can achieve. At times it feels like ALIEN, at others like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
"An outstanding science fiction story that never once reveals a low budget." SFL
Dir: Wen Ren, 2018, 104mins, China, Mandarin (English subtitles)
In a future reliant on solar energy, the world falls into chaos after the sun disappears, the skies are lit only by the stars and the temperature is rapidly dropping; eventually, oxygen on Earth will be exhausted. Yang, a reclusive astronomer, and Mu, a neighbour he hardly knows, must find their way to a supposed sanctuary located in District Four.
Ren’s debut film has a unique take on end of days stories with spectacularly realised special effects showing how different our world, and everything that we take for granted in it, would look in the absence of the Sun.
"It is fantastic to see China producing high concept and stylish indie sci-fi, don’t miss this one." SFL
Dir: Erin Berry, 2019, 82mins, CANADA
Bernwood (Paula Brancati, Slashers) is an anti-conspiracy video blogger. She spends all her time debunking conspiracy theory until she gets a note from an old man claiming to have worked for the legendary Majestic-12 (aka majic), a secret US spy agency, created after the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. So begins her trip down the rabbit hole looking for answers as reality as she seems to know it is unravelling.
"Sitting squarely in X-files territory and plays brilliantly with alternate realities and what we perceive to be real" SFL
UK premiere (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, 2018, USA, 82mins, English.
Conceptual artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice have helped bring NASA projects to life. Their incredible pioneering artwork, which helped define the aesthetics of futurism and space travel, is ubiquitous; and yet these artists have always been hidden behind the scenes until now.
The second documentary that Bonowicz has had at the festival, last year we screened CLOSER THAN WE THINK about conceptual artist Arthur Radebaugh. Again, Bonowicz delivers a love-letter to concept art and design.
If you’ve got an eye on the future, then learn about those who’ve helped shape it. SFL
CHASING EINSTEIN (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Timothy Wheeler and Steve Brown, 2019, 81mins, USA
Einstein's vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919.
Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein's theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of ‘matter’ that has yet to be detected. The search for this missing "Dark Matter" will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics.
Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm-shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).
Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?
Finally, we are delighted to have the London Premiere of LUCID, directed by Adam Morse, 2018, 86mins, UK
A young man practices an experimental form of therapy after his enigmatic neighbour offers to help him overcome social anxiety and win the girl of his dreams.
Isolated in a big city with no friends, young Zel simultaneously fears and craves intimacy. He has a pitiful obsession with a dancer called Jasmine and is caught spying on her by an eccentric neighbour Elliot (Billy Zane) who offers to help him win her heart. Lust leads Zel on an intense subliminal adventure as Elliot teaches him how lucid dreaming can be used to practice the art of seduction but will Zel be able to charm Jasmine in reality? This thought-provoking film, with great cinematography and luscious production design, will stay with you for a long time.
We will have the main cast and director in attendance for a Q&A.
For the full line up visit the website: sci-fi-london.com #SFL19