In the year 2027 humanity finds itself facing its darkest crisis, something that started eighteen years earlier when the last baby was born. As the entire planet is apparently infertile everything has descended into chaos; people have lost all hope for the future now there's no next generation to hand the world onto. The world is ravaged by war and while the United Kingdom has managed to remain stable it's now a militarized police state that rounds up immigrants and asylum seekers hopeful of a better life on its shores and detains them in less than desirable facilities.
In the middle of all of this is Theo (Clive Owen), an activist turned bureaucrat who finds himself kidnapped by an immigrants' rights group. They want him to acquire transit papers for Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), a refugee they hope to get safely to the Azores. Theo soon finds out there is something special about this particular young woman and he ends up playing a much greater role in her very dangerous journey than anyone planned.
Based on the 1992 novel by P.D James, Children of Men was originally released in 2006 and also stars Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine and Charlie Hunnam. It is directed by Alfonso Cuarón, whose most recent work was the much-lauded Gravity and who proved he's nothing if not diverse by adding this to a body of work that already had A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban in it.
You can buy tickets here. At the time of writing the event is about half sold out.
This screening will be introduced by effects houses Framestore and Double Negative, who were responsible for the vfx on the film. The Barbican hasn't really explained what exactly 'introduced by...' entails but I'm hoping to get that clarified when I'm next down there and I will update this accordingly then. The screening is happening as part of the Barbican's immersive exhibition on Digital Revolution, which will feature presentations from the world of film, art, videogames and beyond.
Those who have RSVP'd will be sent full meet up details the evening before the event and we'll be hanging out for a drink after the film.