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Sunshine in Stratford

By ucwemdo, on 22 October 2014

Excited about Interstellar, the new sci-fi blockbuster by Christopher Nolan (who, incidentally, is an alumnus and honorary fellow of UCL)?

To get you in the mood, we are holding an evening of space exploration on 28th October at 8pm at Stratford Picture House with a special screening of Danny Boyle’s sci-fi epic, Sunshine, which will be accompanied by a talk by solar researcher, Jamie Ryan, from UCL’s space research facility.

Cillian Murphy in Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle.

Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle, starring Cillian Murphy.

The audience will get the chance to see the film in a new light as Ryan explores how much of the film is science, and how much is fiction. People who arrive early can also have a drink in the bar and the chance to see some space related objects from UCL’s collections (including a meteorite, part of a crashed satellite, and some historic NASA images of space) presented by Nick Booth, curator for the Science and Engineering Teaching and Research collections, and PHD students from the Centre for Planetary Sciences.

A radar image mosaic of Venus taken by the Magellan spacecraft.© NASA

A radar image mosaic of Venus taken by the Magellan spacecraft. © NASA

UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space, and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory is the biggest university space research facility in the UK.

Sunshine, written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle, is a psychological sci-fi thriller about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous mission to the Sun, described by The Guardian as ‘a thrilling and sensual spectacle’ with ‘stunning sequences and gobsmacking Nasa-graphic visuals’.

Join us on 28th October for the chance to see and enjoy this cult film in a new context.

For more information and to book see http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/film/Sunshine/

Meg Dobson is the Marketing Manager of UCL’s Public and Cultural Engagement department.

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