Tuesday 7th November // Quatermass and the Pit (1967) +TALK: Five Million Years to Borehamwood

Pit

When prehistoric skeletons are discovered during an expansion of the London Underground, palaeontologist Matthew Roney (James Donald) believes them to be remnants of early man. But the strange metal object found with them is tougher to explain, and Professor Bernard Quatermass (Andrew Keir) thinks it evidence that the creatures came from space. More digging in the area reveals the corpses of actual Martians and a strange energy field that sends London into a panic...

Roy Ward Baker, UK 1967, 12A, 98mins

One of the high points of Hammer’s film production, and a worthy addition to the cannon of films and TV realisations of the products of Nigel Kneale’s probing, prescient imagination
Film4

A startlingly original script by Nigel Kneale that mixes sci-fi, black magic and ancient history to devastating effect
Radio Times

The brilliant pre-Von Daniken anthropological theme of Kneale’s script still guarantees interest
Time Out

The film will be preceded by a talk from Andy Murray, author of ‘Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale’, who will explore the genesis of Professor Bernard Quatermass and the many TV serials and spin-off cinematic incarnations that bear his name.

Where: The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
When: Tuesday 7th November 2017 // 8:45pm

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