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Children of Men (w/ Introduction by Framestore and Double Negative)

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.

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  • ollie

    Thanks for posting Michelle. The accompanying exhibition (Digital Revolution) looks really interesting too - I think I will most likely go along before the showing, between 1pm & 2pm I expect - if anybody would like to join me then by all means let me know.

    https://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=15608

    June 16, 2014

    • ollie

      The exhibition was great - though it's so interactive that I completely ran out of time. I'd definitely go again. The movie was good to, though unremittingly bleak! Hope to see you next time.

      July 14, 2014

    • Anna B

      Wow, sounds fab :) Defo - see you at the next one. Have a top week.

      July 14, 2014

  • Trudi

    Great film Michelle. Sorry I had to dash off afterwards. In the midst of hayfever hell :-(

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good film. Sorry I could not stay for thé drink ( football final to sée). Tanks for thé organisation !

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I could not stay for the drink (football finale). The film was vert good. Thanks !

    July 13, 2014

  • Lily

    I will be there 4:15 when does movie start?

    July 13, 2014

  • Michelle

    Might be just a couple of minutes late, sorry!

    July 13, 2014

  • Caroline c.

    Sorry I can't make it. Got to write my class reports! Hope you all enjoy!

    July 13, 2014

  • Michelle

    Meet up details have been sent out, let me know if you don't get them :)

    July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello i have booked my place this morning. Could u pkease send le the details ?

      July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I wont be able to get back in time

    July 12, 2014

  • Michelle

    Dear all,

    I don't want to edit this from my phone in case I delete the whole thing by accident lol but I'm sure those if you who have already booked will have been called by Barbican. The introduction has been replaced by a Q and A with one of the guys from VFX. This will happen immediately after the screening.

    Full details of the meet will go out tonight as usual but while I'm here anyway may as well touch on one other thing. Tomorrow at 8pm the World Cup Final kicks off. It's my intention to go to a bar showing the match (if I can find one) after the meet, though there'll be about an hour between the finish of the event and kick off. This allows combo footie/movie fans to see both while non-footie fans can enjoy a drink and ignore then big TVs if they choose and live happy in the knowledge it's almost over for another four years. Hope that works for everyone :)

    July 12, 2014

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