This year marks the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the UK's academy of science. To celebrate, the BFI has programmed a three-month Film Science season, whilst Southbank Centre is hosting See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts.
To launch See Further, the three organisations decided to collaborate on a special project which would bring together the best of science, film and music. The result was a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Royal Festival Hall with the film's soundtrack performed live by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices. The BFI worked closely with rights holders Warner Bros and the Kubrick family to create the music free version of the film employed at the event, and to ensure that the audience were treated to an optimal viewing experience.
Here the Southbank Centre's Head of Contemporary Culture Gillian Moore, BFI Southbank's Head of Events Stuart Brown and Kubrick collaborator Jan Harlan discuss the dedication and inspiration that made the moving and world class event possible.