Leicester’s independent cinema Phoenix is offering film lovers the chance to catch five phenomenal movies on the big screen in its Dystopian Film Festival, taking place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March.
From all-out action explosions and car chases in Mad Max: Fury Road 3D, to nightmarish retro-future visions in Brazil, the films have been programmed by Phoenix in partnership with film students at DMU to address the theme of ‘Dystopia’.
The full line up of films is: Mad Max: Fury Road 3D, Escape From New York, Silent Running and a double bill of Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Tickets for the individual films cost £8.30 (£6.50 concessions, £5.50 students) and can be purchased on the door or in advance at phoenix.org.uk.
Pitting star actor Tom Hardy against “War Boys” in a deserted wasteland, Mad Max: Fury Road 3D kicks things off on Thursday 16 Apr at 7.30pm, introduced by Dr James Russell, Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at De Montfort University, who will discuss Hollywood’s depiction of the apocalypse.
Cult classic Escape From New York follows on Friday 18 Mar at 8.30pm with John Carpenter’s story of outlaw Snake Plisken (Kurt Russell), as he attempts to save the US President from a derelict New York – now a high security prison ruled by criminals. Film followed by DJ set.
Tales of a scary, post-apocalyptic future are on the menu on Saturday 19 Mar at 6:30pm with a double bill of Terry Gilliam’s visionary classics Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Double bill tickets are £10 (single tickets also available).
The festival rounds off with a favourite of well-regarded film critic Mark Kermode: Silent Running, a film starring Bruce Dern as a renegade scientist on a bio-sphere spaceship, containing Earth’s only surviving plant life. Screening in partnership with Phoenx’s Lazy Sunday offer (enjoy the film and a full English Breakfast for £12.50/ £10.95 conc.) on Sunday 20 Mar at 12pm.
The festival also includes a screening of Wall-E for local schools on Thursday 17 Mar. This is Disney Pixar’s award winning animation which follows our loveable robot Wall-E, as he attempts to clean up a future Earth after it has been abandoned by humans.