DVDBANG Futures brings the best of East Asian sci-fi to a Waterloo micro-cinema
Date posted: 19.11.2014
The sci-fi genre might be all about infinite space, mysterious beings and unexplored worlds, but this week DVDBANG will be giving you a chance to mix the familiar with the unknown.
From Friday 21 to Sunday 30 November, you and your friends can catch an East Asian sci-fi gem in the privacy of your own micro-cinema. The event is DVDBANG Futures, and it's backed by Film Hub London and running as part of the BFI Sci-Fi season.
Confused? Let us explain...
The concept of micro-cinemas for hire sprang from the 'DVD bangs' (or DVD방) of South Korea: 24-hour film rental shops with on-site screening rooms.
DVDBANG, a non-profit cinema project, brings this idea to audiences here in the UK. Groups of two to eight people pick a DVD from a specially curated library of East Asian titles, which is then projected for them in HD on an 8ft screen in the comfort of a private cinema booth. Recent pit-stops for DVDBANG include UnderWire and Flatpack Festival.
Project manager Helen MacKenzie tells us more: "DVDBANG is a new way to see film in the UK, but they are scattered on every city street in South Korea, where room culture exists for all areas of entertainment: games rooms, karaoke rooms, or even virtual golf rooms. DVDBANG is the solution to the awkward relationship between cinema and home viewing, and invites everyone to try world cinema."
Open your mind with DVDBANG Futures
DVDBANG have pulled out all the sci-fi stops for the BFI's mega Days of Fear and Wonder season with DVDBANG Futures, a special themed event space.
Along with a sci-fi library and viewing booth, there will be a dedicated bar space, co-hosted by Brainwash, which promises to be "a glowing junkyard of TV sets screening sci-fi loops by animators, VFX gurus and VJs from around the world."
The DVD list includes Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Bodyhammer, Park Chan-Wook's I'm a Cyborg But That's Ok, Save the Green Planet, Underwater Love and Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack.
This curated library serves as a brilliant way to get insight into the region's exciting contribution to sci-fi, which is still largely unknown in the UK. The genre has a strong link to East Asia, often using the region as inspiration for its visions of future urban spaces.
"Science fiction is our dream theme," Helen continues, "and we've had an amazing time finding some real rock and roll rarities that we can't wait to show London."
Want more sci-fi?
DVDBANG Futures is just one of the stand-out sci-fi events landing in the capital for the BFI Sci-Fi season. Film Hub London has backed a series of special screenings, seasons and events, with something for everyone, from the die-hard sci-fi fans to the genre's tentative newcomers.
And there's more to come!
- Ada & After: Women Do Science [Fiction], a series of screenings and talks on women sci-fi writers from feminist film collected Club Des Femmes.
- Out of This World Weekender, a three-day event from LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the Argentine Film Festival London and The New Black Film Collective.