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Science Fiction and Fantasy
Explorers is an inventive, sophisticated fantasy adventure in which two kids build their own space craft in a suburban garage and encounter aliens who are able to communicate because they've absorbed earthling culture through 60s TV. Riotously good fun as it makes use of a whole host of inventive special effects, the film also boasts eye-catching early performances from stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix.
A film guide that looks at E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Uplifting story about two friends, a frail boy with a chronic illness and his able-bodied but emotionally troubled outsider who he begins to tutor.
7–11 years 100 mins
Visually peerless example of Hollywood coming to terms with computers, in which programmer Kevin Flynn get sucked into a game.
7–11 years 92 mins
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Our space-faring Film of the Month winner for October 2016 was made by a group of young people who came together at the BFI Academy.
Viewing time 10 mins
Director Joe Dante talks about his life in film and discusses the making of Gremlins and Small Soldiers, and offers a little advice to aspiring filmmakers.
Viewing time 31 mins
We take a look at how the new Ghostbusters takes elements of classic 1980s sci-fi to forge something both nostalgic and modern.
Reading time 7 mins
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