Professor Brian Cox joins BFI launch of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Our major, nationwide celebration of sci-fi film and TV lifts off with contributions from some very special guests.

Our forthcoming blockbuster season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, will celebrate the world’s most popular screen genre with spectacular events at over 200 partner venues across the UK, a collection of 50+ titles on the BFI Player and a three-month programme at BFI Southbank.

Celebrated physicist Brian Cox joined journalists, experts and Stormtroopers at BFI Southbank for the season’s launch event. Writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet hosted a panel discussion featuring Cox, New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis and author and academic Roger Luckhurst, who discussed the strengths and controversies of the genre.

On the title, Days of Fear and Wonder, Professor Cox added, “Those [two] have been themes throughout human history. You look at the beginnings of our understanding of the universe, you see a juxtaposition between fear and wonder, all the way through. The key point [about science-fiction] is it can introduce these big ideas, surgically almost, into popular culture.

Heather Stewart, BFI creative director, commented, “The key matter for the sci-fi season is that sci-fi encompasses the biggest, most popular films we’ve ever seen, and also the small and the wondrous, and that’s why we’re calling it Days of Fear and Wonder. Our key message is we want people to make great sci-fi films, we want them to make great visions of the future, and we expect to have a massive audience this autumn for celebrating sci-fi.

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder runs from October to December 2014 and promises to take you out of this world.

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