The full program for this year’s Sci-fi London is yet to be released, but here are some details of a quartet of key, special events that will punctuate the festival’s proceedings.
First up, there’s an all-nighter of wedding-themed classics running from midnight to 9am on the day of the Royal Wedding. Very cunning. The films will include I Married a Witch, Bride of Dracula and the unimpeachable classic, Bride of Frankenstein. Hilarious twist? That when you stumble out of the cinema at the end of the session, you’ll be within spitting distance of the royal procession.
Not that I’m encouraging you to spit, of course.
Secondly, there will be a screening of Akira and new anime feature Eden of the East to mark the 20th anniversary of Manga, the UK distributor that confused two entire generations as to what the actual difference between “manga” and “anime” is.
Thirdly, there’s to be a “Fantasy Easter Parade” along the Southbank, from the BFI to the London Film Museum. This will take place on Easter Sunday and feature all sorts of people in costumes of all kinds of budget level. I like Cosplay in the wild. It’s nice. It’s like a Mardi Gras for geeks. Show me your blaster(s) and I’ll give you a necklace, etc.
And lastly, there’s the infamous Sci-Fi London 48-hour Film Competition. Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, actually won this a few years ago with his film Factory Farmed. This year he’s just judging it, alongside Edgar Wright and – incredibly – the winner will get a FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT DEAL.
Hang on – I’ll say that again. A FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT DEAL. That’s courtesy of Vertigo Films, who obviously have no regrets about hooking up with Gareth Edwards, and fancy a bit more of that fresh talent. Good on ’em.
Wow. What a prize.
The festival runs from April 23rd until May 2nd, with the 48 hour film contest preceding that on the weekend of the 2nd to the 4th of April. As soon as the full list of screenings is announced, I’ll fill you in.