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London’s Burning – Film Hub London helps bring Sci-Fi classic Farenheit 451 to Dalston Library

Date posted: 06.08.2014

Science Fiction Theatre and Hackney Film Club have joined forces to present a free screening of Francois Truffaut’s dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 541 at Dalston’s CLR James library, thanks to the support of Film Hub London.

When: 6 for 6.45 Thursday 7 August
Where: Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

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Wrapped Up In Books

Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel of the same name, Fareinheit 451 was Truffaut’s first and only English-language venture and features engrossing performances from Julie Christie and Jules et Jim collaborator Oskar Werner.

Set in a dystopian future in which a totalitarian government employs ‘Firemen’ to destroy all books, the film explores the relationship between young teacher Clarisse (Christie) and fireman Montag (Werner).

“With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject”-Variety

Sharing the love of sci-fi

“Our goal is to take Science Fiction Theatre to a variety of different venues, and to a host of different people” says founder of Science Fiction Theatre Graham Ainsley, explaining the origins of this partnership.  “We want to share our love for sci-fi film with as wide an audience as possible.”

”We’re always daydreaming about fun event ideas and interesting combinations of film and location that inspire us both as organisers and filmgoers ourselves. Showing Fahrenheit 451 in a library was one of the earliest and most exciting concepts that popped into our heads, and we were delighted that the Hackney Film Club were just as excited as we were to make it a reality.“

Taking sci-fi across London

1984The sci-fi fun doesn’t stop here – Film Hub London has also helped film club Science Fiction Theatre establish monthly screenings at Dalston’s Duke of Wellington pub, and the club hopes to expand with a one-off screening at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema in the Autumn.

With the aim of connecting new audiences with some of science fiction’s most intriguing and subversive films, the Club has shown well-known and obscure classics alike with a programme ranging from the original RoboCop, to Colossus: The Forbin Project,via Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.

The Club doesn’t just show films, it gives you a chance to get your hands on some original art –promoting each screening with original posters designed by local artists, on sale on the night. 


About Film Hub London’s Community Screen Scheme

The event has been made possible through a grant from Film Hub London’s Community Screen Scheme, an innovative funding opportunity for people showing films across the capital.

Through this Scheme, the Hub supports community programming initiatives which aim to reach new or underserved audiences in their local area.

Film London has partnered with Vue Cinemas to give locally organised community groups the opportunity to work with a larger commercial operator.

The next round of the Community Screen Scheme opens on 15 September, with the deadline of 31 October.

Read more about the Community Screen Scheme

Committed to expanding the film culture offer across the whole of London and growing film audiences, Film Hub London is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Audience Network. 

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