Contact +TALK: The Reality of Contact

ContactOriginal poster design // Chris Alsop
Prints // shop

Convinced of the existence of extra-terrestrial life, Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) uses satellites to listen to radio emissions from space, hoping to find evidence. When she receives and decodes a transmission from the Vega star system, it transpires to be a blueprint for the construction of a one-person spacecraft, and Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Michael Kitz (James Woods) and former lover, ex-priest Palmer Joss (Michael McConaughey), for the right to pilot the ship on its maiden flight…

Robert Zemeckis, US 1997, PG, 146mins

“Less sci-fi blockbuster, more spiritual thinkpiece, this is a Close Encounters Of The Third Kind for the X-Files generation”
Empire

“The strength of Contact is in the way it engages in issues that are relevant today, and still only rarely discussed in the movies”
Roger Ebert

“One of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001: A Space Odyssey
Movie Metropolis

The film will be preceded by a talk from science fiction author Stephen Baxter, a member of the Post Detection Task Group, a committee that advises radio astronomers and politicians on the implications of the detection of alien signals, or direct contact with alien intelligence, who will explore the actual protocols that have been agreed in the event of a detection.

Where: The Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
When: Monday 9th October 2017 // doors 7pm, talk 7:30pm, film 8pm

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