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Sci-Fi - Days of Fear and Wonder

Take a trip around the blazing worlds of sci-fi as we undock a blockbuster celebration of this most spectacular of movie genres.

Cinema’s science fiction visions have transfixed and transported audiences for as long as the trickery of our camera and screen technologies have enabled filmmakers with scientific imaginations to inspire fear and wonder.

These films often plunge us into the unknown, into scientific and philosophical mysteries, and often far into the future.

BFI Player's collection expands into the outer limits of Sci-Fi's spectacular and speculative highlights, presenting a comprehensive selection of British science fiction and further dystopian delights from beyond our shores. And proving that this galaxy-sized genre can’t just be confined to the big screen.

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Sci-Fi - Days of Fear and Wonder

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Dune 1984 12

David Lynch brings Frank Herbert’s powerful novel and rich fantasy world to life in this cinematic spectacle.

137 mins USA Director. David Lynch

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Alphaville 1965 12

Jean-Luc Godard’s venture into sci-fi pits secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) on a mission to destroy the malevolent supercomputer, Alpha 60.

99 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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Back to the Future 1985 PG

The beloved 1980s classic transports Marty McFly back to the 1950s, where he has to ensure his parents fall in love and get himself back to the future.

116 mins USA Director. Robert Zemeckis

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 U

Devotion meets imagination in Spielberg's ultimate crowd-pleaser, part of our new Sci-Fi Collection.

115 mins USA Director. Steven Spielberg

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The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 18

Nicolas Roeg’s cult sci-fi stars David Bowie as an alien attempting to amass a fortune to save his home planet, but unable to escape his decadent earthly lifestyle.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Nicolas Roeg

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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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Flash Gordon 1980 PG

Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.

115 mins Netherlands Director. Mike Hodges

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*Batteries Not Included 1987 PG

Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.

106 mins USA Director. Matthew Robbins

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Monsters 2010 15

Gareth Edwards reimagined the monster movie with his highly impressive DIY sci-fi, in which an indie romance blossoms amid the trailing tentacles of an alien invasion.

United Kingdom Director. Gareth Edwards

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Metropolis 1927 PG

Fritz Lang’s expressionist dystopia is one of the first science fiction feature films, and is arguably the most influential.

150 mins Germany

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Pumzi 2010

Kenya’s first science-fiction film takes a dazzling trip into a post-apocalyptic world in which water has almost run out.

21 mins Director. Wanuri Kahiu

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Blindness 2008 18

Fernando Meirelles (City of God) presents a haunting dystopian allegory about a sudden epidemic of blindness affecting humanity.

120 mins Canada Director. Fernando Meirelles

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Franklyn 2008 15

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald McMorrow

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Welcome II the Terrordome 1995 18

A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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Dune 1984 12

David Lynch brings Frank Herbert’s powerful novel and rich fantasy world to life in this cinematic spectacle.

137 mins USA Director. David Lynch

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The Brood 1979 18

David Cronenberg’s highly disturbing horror about a woman who’s able to externalise her inner torment and manifest it into a brood of killer offspring.

92 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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The Andromeda Strain 1971 PG

Veteran director Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s sci-fi novel is an alien virus epic with superb special effects and a suspenseful climax.

131 mins USA Director. Robert Wise

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The Congress 2013 15

Ari Folman’s follow up to Waltz with Bashir is a hallucinatory fable about an actress whose digital image is controlled by a Hollywood studio.

122 mins Israel Director. Ari Folman

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Behemoth the Sea Monster 1958 PG

A radiation-spouting prehistoric creature emerges off the Cornish coast and begins making its way towards London, in Britain’s answer to Godzilla.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Eugène Lourié

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 15

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play the couple who fall in love so quickly it seems they must have known each other in a past life ... only to discover they did.

108 mins USA Director. Michel Gondry

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The Thing 1982 18

Twelve men at an Antarctic research station battle a shape-shifting alien that hides in human form, in John Carpenter’s ground-breaking sci-fi horror.

109 mins USA

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Open Your Eyes 1997 15

Alejandro Amenabar’s signature science-fiction drama follows a young man who falls for his dream woman, before he is disfigured in an accident.

117 mins Spain Director. Alejandro Amenábar

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