THE SOUND OF SCI-FI COMES TO THE EDEN PROJECT
PUBLISHED: 14:58 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017
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The screening of cult classic Silent Running (1972), presented by Watershed as part of the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
The iconic biomes at the Eden Project, Cornwall will come to life on Sunday (26 October) with the sound of sci-fi and a screening of cult classic Silent Running (1972), presented by Watershed as part of the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
This immersive sci-fi evening will begin with a live audio soundscape in the magnificent setting of the Mediterranean biome and interactive elements provided by Compass Presents. The sounds of fear and wonder will be performed live by electronica favourite Adrian Utley from Portishead and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, alongside Adrian Lee and T J Allen, creating a unique audio experience to transport audiences to the far reaches of time and space on their journey round the Biome.
Renowned film critic Mark Kermode will then present one of his all time favourite films and “absolute masterpiece”, Silent Running in the Eden Project Gallery. The Eden Project provides the perfect setting for the eco-themed Silent Running, directed by Special FX pioneer Douglas Trumbull. With an element of life imitating art, the featured greenhouse domes in the film, housing what remains of Earth’s plants and wildlife, are attributed to inspiring the famed design of Eden’s spectacular biomes.
Mark Kermode will be signing copies of his new BFI Film Classics book on Silent Running, after the screening.
Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, said: “Silent Running is a classic sci-fi movie painting a dystopian vision of the rescue of a Noah's Ark kingdom from a dying planet Earth. For me it is the ultimate cautionary tale screaming at the need to protect what we have as it is the only home planet we'll ever have and that to believe otherwise would be the ultimate proof that we are not worthy of the name Homo sapiens. A marvellous story well told and hugely influential.”
The screening of Silent Running is part of Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI's huge celebration of science fiction.
Ticket prices: £20 full / £16 concessions
Doors open at 7pm music in the Mediterranean Biome will take place from 7:30pm -8:15pm and Mark Kermode will present the film in the Gallery at 8:30pm The event will be finished by 11pm.