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Tomorrow's World

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.

Tomorrow’s World collects the films that imagine our futures for us – shaping our days to come and filling them with fear and wonder. This is perhaps science fiction best understood as what Ray Bradbury described as ‘sociological studies of the future.’

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Alphaville
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Alphaville

Detective drama196599 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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.

Blindness
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Blindness

Thriller2008121 minsDirector: Fernando Meirelles

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

Children of Men
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Children of Men

Science Fiction2006109 minsDirector: Alfonso Cuarón

In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.

Dune
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Dune

Science Fiction1984131 minsDirector: David Lynch

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

Franklyn
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Franklyn

Fantasy200898 minsDirector: Gerald McMorrow

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.

Welcome II the Terrordome
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Welcome II the Terrordome

Drama199394 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

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

Marjorie Prime
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Marjorie Prime

Science Fiction201699 minsDirector: Michael Almereyda

In the near future, holograms of late loved ones provide comfort for their surviving relatives, in this intelligent and moving sci-fi exploring memory, identity, love and loss.

Child's Play
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Child's Play

Comedy195268 minsDirector: Margaret Thomson

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

Pumzi
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Pumzi

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.

Silent Running
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Silent Running

Science Fiction197289 minsDirector: Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.

Final Programme
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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.

Memoirs of a Survivor
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Memoirs of a Survivor

Science Fiction1981111 minsDirector: David Gladwell

Julie Christie stars in an award-winning adaptation of Doris Lessing's famous dystopian novel.

Back to the Future
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Back to the Future

Crime1985116 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

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.

Back to the Future Part II
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Back to the Future Part II

Comedy1989108 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Marty McFly and Doc return for the fast-paced sequel that flits between 2015, 1955 and an alternate 1985 where the dastardly Biff has become rich and powerful.

Back to the Future Part III
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Back to the Future Part III

Comedy1990118 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

In the series’ final entry, Marty travels back to 1885 to rescue Doc but becomes similarly stuck in the Western era when the DeLorean runs out of gas.

Slaughterhouse-Five
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Slaughterhouse-Five

Comedy1972103 minsDirector: George Roy Hill

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

Short Circuit
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Short Circuit

Comedy198699 minsDirector: John Badham

Johnny Five is alive! The sci-fi comedy about a military robot that gets struck by lightning and gains a personality.

Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451

Science Fiction1966112 minsDirector: François Truffaut

In the near future books are banned and reading is outlawed, forcing rebels to commit literary classics to memory.

The Tenth Victim
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The 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.

The Rover
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The Rover

Crime2013103 minsDirector: David Michôd

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the Australian outback, from the director of Animal Kingdom.

Videodrome
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Videodrome

Fantasy198387 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

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