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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High LifeHigh Life

Science Fiction2019113 minsDirector: Claire Denis

The messiness of sex, the mysteries of birth and the moving spectacle of devoted parenting in the face of impending oblivion create a potent atmosphere in Claire Denis’ English-language debut.

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Horror2020104 minsDirector: Brandon Cronenberg

In the near future, a cool and ruthless assassin who uses other people’s bodies to carry out execution-style killings comes unstuck when her latest vehicle resists.

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Under the SkinUnder the Skin

Horror2014108 minsDirector: Jonathan Glazer

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.

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Science Fiction2013126 minsDirector: Bong Joon-ho

After a global catastrophe launches the world into a new ice age, the last of humanity are trapped on a high-speed train that circles the globe infinitely.

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Memory: The Origins of AlienMemory: The Origins of Alien

Documentary201993 minsDirector: Alexandre O. Philippe

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien, one of Hollywood’s most beloved and iconic shockers.

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After Blue (Dirty Paradise)After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

Fantasy2021129 minsDirector: Bertrand Mandico

A mother and daughter living in a post-apocalyptic future are sent to hunt down and kill an evil demon hell-bent on destruction.

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Welcome II the TerrordomeWelcome II the Terrordome

Drama199594 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

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

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Science Fiction201022 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

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

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Attack the BlockAttack the Block

Crime201188 minsDirector: Joe Cornish

Aliens wage war on a tower block after one of their number is bludgeoned by a street gang in this witty, action-packed feature debut by Joe Cornish.

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Science Fiction1984131 minsDirector: David Lynch

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

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Science Fiction201998 minsDirector: Lorcan Finnegan

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in this twisted fable about the horrors of suburban living.

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Elstree 1976Elstree 1976

Documentary2015101 minsDirector: Jon Spira

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.

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Dr. Who and the DaleksDr. Who and the Daleks

Science Fiction196583 minsDirector: Gordon Flemyng

Peter Cushing fires up the Tardis for the Doctor’s big-screen debut, as he and his companions travel to a devastated planet ruled by the Daleks.

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The Final ProgrammeThe Final Programme

Science Fiction197386 minsDirector: Robert Fuest

Wild adaptation of Michael Moorcock's novel about a playboy's search for the lost designs of the perfect self-replicating human.

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The EndlessThe Endless

Horror2017112 minsDirector: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson

Two brothers who escaped a cult are drawn back in by a mysterious message… Acclaimed directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Spring) return with another hybrid piece of raging intensity.

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2001: A Space Odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey

Science Fiction1968149 minsDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick took science fiction cinema in a grandly intelligent new direction with this epic story of man’s quest for knowledge.

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A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange

Crime1971137 minsDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Malcolm McDowell stars in Kubrick’s chilling, thrilling and unsettling cinematic vision of nihilistic violence and social control.

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Artificial Intelligence A.I.Artificial Intelligence A.I.

Science Fiction2001146 minsDirector: Steven Spielberg

A robotic boy longs to become real to regain his mother's love, in this powerful Kubrick project completed by Spielberg.

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Science Fiction2014169 minsDirector: Christopher Nolan

A group of explorers attempt to navigate a wormhole in space, with the hope of saving humanity, in this sci-fi epic from Christopher Nolan.

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The MatrixThe Matrix

Science Fiction1999136 minsDirector: Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski

Hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) is drawn into a burgeoning underground rebellion against the machines that enslave humanity, in the hugely influential action sci-fi.

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Crime2010148 minsDirector: Christopher Nolan

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan's mindbending thriller, in which a highly trained team attempt a heist inside their target's mind.

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The Tenth VictimThe Tenth Victim

Fantasy196589 minsDirector: Elio Petri

Long before The Hunger Games, Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress battled it out in a televised assassination game, in Elio Petri’s cult sci-fi.

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