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.
A Message from Mars
Science Fiction191360 mins Location: London
Britain's first full-length science fiction feature has been restored by the BFI National Archive and given a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC.
High Treason (silent version)
Science Fiction192975 minsSilent
A terrorist plot plays out on a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, bullet-railways and silver lamé in this vintage vision of London's future.
Science Fiction2014 mins
In this spectacular and unusual sci-fi short commissioned by the European Space Agency, a young apprentice in the art of terraforming planets is given a tutorial by her enigmatic master.
Student film197225 mins Location: Sheffield
This bizarre science fiction film made by students at Sheffield University gives a great insight into the mindset and aesthetic of the early 1970s.
The infinitely vast reaches of outer space evoke fear and wonder in equally boundless measure. It's not just boldly going - these are films which play on our fears of invasion, extinction and annihilation!
From the seemingly far-flung dystopias where ultraviolent gangs roam post-apocalyptic wastelands, to more immediately recognisable futures in which our megacities grow out of control.