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Ada and After: Women do (Science) Fiction with screenings all over London

Date posted: 11.11.2014

From 20-23 November Queer feminist film collective Club Des Femmes invite you to enter a fantastic world as dreamed by Ada Lovelace, Mary Shelley, Donna Haraway, Björk and Lieutenant Uhura in a series of science fiction themed events around London.

Supported by Film Hub London, as part of BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, the main programme takes place at the ICA, with additional events at the Electric Shoreditch and Hackney Picturehouse.

  • Events at ICA
  • Events at Electric Cinema Shoreditch
  • Events at Hackney Picturehouse

Events at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

8.30, Thursday 20 November: Tank Girl introduced by Bidisha

Writer, critic and BBC presenter Bidisha introduces Rachel Talalay's eye-popping, riot grrrl-soundtracked adaptation of Jamie Hewlett's cult comic -the first and only female-led superhero movie. Jump on the tank for no-holds-barred wild 90s ride.

6.30, Friday 21 November: Lynn Hershman Leeson's Conceiving Ada + Afronauts, introduced by Liesel Schwarz

Living in the nineteenth century, mathematical genius Ada Lovelace (Tilda Swinton)  was a woman ahead of her time. Now, scientist Emmy Coer (Francesca Faridany) has a plan. Using computer code and her own DNA, she will bring Ada back from the past to the present. If only their mothers (Karen Black) could stop meddling...

Followed by Afronauts (14 mins), introduced by award winning steam punk novelist Liesel Schwarz.

On 16 July 1969, American prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

3.00, Saturday 22 November No Gravity + House of Science

Silvia Casalino is a young space engineer who dreams about going to space. Her captivating essay film traces an unusual personal and at times bizarre journey that connects her with icons of women in space (Lieutenant Uhura) and cyborg culture (Donna Haraway).

Followed by House of Science, a feminist investigation into the representation of women in society by science and art's. The film uses home movies, collage, found footage and personal remembrances.

8.45pm, Saturday 22 November Björk: Biophilia Live + Beastliness + Q&A

This alternative concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland captures the human element of Björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project Biophilia.

It's followed by short Beastliness plus a Q&A with Duke Spirit and Roman Remains singer Liela Moss and Jemma Desai, who runs feminist film club I am Dora.

1-3, Sunday 23 November We The Others + Q&A with Maja Borg and Sophie Mayer

Made as part of Dazed and Confused Visionaries programme, Maja Borg's short is a cinematic poem about the value of physical diversity that echoes the themes and style of her feature Future My Love, in which she explores the radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco.  

At this talk, she is joined by writer Sally Mayer for a conversation on lost futures, the power of diversity, and filming scientific imagination.

5.30-7.30, Sunday 23 November Unbound plus experimental sci fi poetry

In this portrait of Mary Shelley as a young woman in love and exile, director Abigail Child imagines the artist's home movies. Shot on 16mm in Rome, this dreamy film plunges us into the amazing mind that made Frankenstein.

The screening is followed by a reading from Isabel Waidner of Sophie Robinson's experimental science fiction poetry.

8.15, Sunday 23 November Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same + Space Dog Assassin

A delightful spoofy sci-fi screwball romantic comedy that charts the urban escapades of three aliens and a lonely stationary clerk "with a rich inner life".

·         It's followed by short Space Dog Assassin, which follows Maisie, the dog who fell to earth, on a super 8 mission: 'To kill the cabinet!' Will our K9 alien fulfill her assignment across the wastes of East London?

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Events at Electric Cinema Shoreditch (formerly The Aubin)

2.45, Saturday 22 November  Sepideh: Reaching  for the Stars + Did I say Hairdressing? I meant Astrophysics

Berit Madsen's Grierson Award-nominated documentary charts the story of Sepideh, a young woman from Tehran who dreams of becoming an astronaut. It's followed by Alan Bennett-narrated animation Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics,  in which twins Joanne and Joseph struggle to escape the gender-defined roles in which their father, the respected scientist Zod, has cast them..

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3.00pm, Sunday 23 November The Hunger Games + intro from Bidisha

In anticipation of the release of Mockingjay Part 1, Club des Femmes revisits the first part in the Hunger Games dystopian trilogy, and discusses how Katniss Everdeen as a feminist action hero, is changing her world - and Hollywood cinema - one arrow at a time.

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Hackney Picturehouse

4-7, Sat 22 November FREE Sci-fi screenwriting workshop

Club Des Femmes presents Ada & After: Women Do Science (Fiction) - an interactive screenwriting workshop with Campbell X and sci fi writer Nalo Hopkinson (on Skype).  

The workshop is aimed at potential writers, directors and people with interest in science fiction film, Afrofuturism and/or feminism.

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