Friday 8th July // Looker (1981) +Talk: Don’t Believe It When You See It

Original poster design // Nadine Walker

Shortly after Beverley Hills plastic surgeon Dr Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) performs a series of minor alterations to a group of supermodels, three of the four models die in mysterious circumstances. Under suspicion by the police, Dr Roberts takes matters into his own hands and teams up with Cindy Fairmont (Susan Dey), the last of the group still alive, to investigate the model’s employer, Digital Matrix, a research company that has developed a revolutionary new advertising technology…

Michael Crichton // US 1981 // 12 // 93mins

“Ahead of its time in many ways… as much a criticism of our society’s fixation on conventional attractiveness as it is a sci-fi actioner.”
-Birth. Movies. Death.

“A slick-looking, paranoid nightmare about our society’s increasing dependency on computers and the awful things that might happen to us if the people who make computers join forces with the people who decide what we’ll see on television.”
-New York Times

“Your standard murder mystery, a takedown of corporate America, a romantic comedy, and a sci-fi thriller.”
-Bloody Disgusting

“With a solid gumshoe approach to its futuristic swagger, Looker and its computer-generated images is yet another futureshock warning from Michael Crichton.”
-Reel Reviews

“Way before he cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, writer/director Michael Crichton played with similar themes for this underrated blend of techno horror and suspense.”
-Radio Times

The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Isabel Straw, researcher in Artificial Intelligence at University College London, who will explore where the technologies of deepfakes and AI might be taking us in the 21st century.

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Friday 8th July // 1900

Friday 12th August // Midnight Special (2016)

After rescuing his son, Alton, from a fundamentalist sect who are convinced his supernatural abilities are the key to their salvation, Roy (Michael Shannon), Alton, and their bodyguard Lucas (Joel Edgerton) go on the run for their lives. But what starts as a desperate escape from a fearless cult soon attracts the attention of the FBI who believe the boy to be a threat to mankind’s very existence. With the trio’s fate hanging in the balance, Roy will stop at nothing to keep his son from harm and uncover the truth behind his powers, a discovery which could change the world forever…

Jeff Nichols // US 2016 // 12 // 112mins

“Jeff Nichols’s gripping cosmic thriller has it all – a superb cast, gritty realism and a final-act reveal that will amaze you.”

“It builds slowly through wrenching family drama to imaginative sci-fi sustained as much by heart and emotion as thrilling special effects.”
-Radio Times

“Nichols has managed to combine that Spielbergian feel of something magical we’ll never quite understand with a family story that is utterly involving and moving. This is something special.”

“Director Jeff Nichols and star Michael Shannon team up to deliver a modern science fiction classic.”
-Little White Lies

“Soulful sci-fi. A tribute to ’80s classics, but with a 21st-century twist: Close Encounters of a new kind.”

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Friday 12th August // 1830