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Drama, Science Fiction and Fantasy
When a mysterious alien species unexpectedly lands on Earth in a series of giant pods, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – are brought together to investigate. With mankind seemingly heading inexorably for a global war, Banks and her team struggle to seek out answers for what’s going on. However, doing that involves taking a chance that not only threatens her own life, but the fate of the entire planet. Based on a short story by American writer Ted Chiang, this science-fiction drama serves as an antidote to the increasingly bombastic world of the modern blockbuster, grounding its narrative in something much more real and earthy, if no less fantastic.
A film guide that looks at Arrival (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the No Borders, No Boundaries strand of the festival.
Big-budget, futuristic film with state-of-the-art CGI about a hostile alien invasion of earth.
11–16 years 145 mins
After an encounter with a UFO, a man becomes drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
7+ years 129 mins
Based on a novel by a noted astronomer, this film is about a woman who since childhood has been searching out extraterrestrial messages.
11+ years 143 mins
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We take a look at thoughtful new sci-fi Arrival, which has an interesting focus on language and communication, and reflects the rich history of the genre.
Reading time 6 mins
After a bumper year of cinema, our Film Programming Assistant Michael runs you through the highlights, before revealing the whole team's Top 5 of 2016.
Reading time 10 mins
We look ahead to some of the biggest and best cinema releases coming up during the Autumn term, ranging from Paddington 2 to Blade Runner 2049.
Reading time 7 mins
May's leader of the month is Zahra Bei, from Burnside Secondary PRU in London. Here, she talks to us about the many ways using film has benefitted her pupils.
Reading time 2 mins
We pick some film club favourites from this year's BAFTA nominated films, many of which we explored with great articles and interviews over the past year.
Reading time 5 mins
We take a look at the new Blade Runner sequel, which combines astounding visuals with deep explorations of philosophical, ethical and environmental issues.
Reading time 8 mins
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