Aescifi.ca and the Monsters and Martians Science Fiction Film Festival are proud to present the favourite science fiction films of Toronto’s best sci-fi authors. Beginning March 28, Big Pictures Cinema will host a monthly screening of a classic science fiction film along with a short presentation of the film’s meaning, history, and context from Canada’s best new and established writers.
These screenings are a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse into the meaning and history of the genre’s most notorious and underappreciated films. “We’re covering the gamut,” says AEscifi Contributing Editor Paul Jarvey, “reaching from the early classics to obscure b-films to the height of cold war paranoia. Above all, we’re giving a community of Toronto’s most interesting thinkers a chance to share their favourite films.”
The series will begin on March 28th with a screening of Ghost in Shell as presented by Madeline Ashby. This groundbreaking and influential anime depicts a grotesque and dystopian future where the line between humans and machine consciousness is rapidly being eroded, standing as one of the first examples where violence, philosophy and distinctly adult themes were depicted in anime. Ashby is a rising star of Toronto’s literary scene, recently publishing her first novel vN to rave reviews. She is a lifetime fan and scholar of anime and works as a strategic foresight consultant.
Robert J. Sawyer presents Quatermass and the Pit on April 25th, bringing one of Canada’s most recognized authors together with a classic tale of xenoarchaeology, intrigue, and creation myth that first aired in 1967 on BBC. On May 23 the original 1962 masterpiece of cold war paranoia The Manchurian Candidate will be presented by David Nickle, the award-winning author of Rasputin’s Bastards, Monstrous Affections and many others.
March 28th 7:30 PM (lecture) 8:00 PM (screening)
Madeleine Ashby presents Ghost in the Shell (Anime, 1995, 83 min.)
April 25th 7:30 PM (lecture) 8:00 PM (screening)
Robert J Sawyer presents Quatermass and the Pit (BBC, 1967, 97 min.)
May 23rd 7:30 PM (lecture) 8:00 PM (screening)
David Nichol presents The Manchurian Candidate
Big Pictures Cinema is located at 1035 Gerrard Street East. Tickets will cost $10 at the door.