The Artifice Girl

The Artifice Girl (2022)

The Artifice Girl published by SciFiNow Special Agent Deena Helms (Sinda Nichols) enters a bare office – more an interrogation room – in the basement of the Florida building where she works, dictates some business messages to Siri on her laptop, and then pauses for a moment of reflection. “Hey Siri, how do you know…

Allegro

Allegro (2005)

Allegro first published by Film4 Summary: In Christoffer Boe’s soulful sci-fi, a classical pianist must rediscover lost love and buried memories before giving the recital of his life. Review: Where Christoffer Boe’s Cannes-wowing 2003 debut Reconstruction told the story of a diffident lover who discovers, after leaving his girlfriend, that the entire world has forgotten who…

The Creator

The Creator (2023)

A text entry in a pseudo-biographical dictionary assigns the name ‘Nirmata’ to the architect of an advanced AI technology that has changed the world forever. This elusive figure, the titular ‘Creator’ who gives Gareth Edwards’ epic sci-fi feature its title, has acquired a semi-divine status from the mechanical beings that he has engendered and the…

Strawberry Mansion

Strawberry Mansion (2021)

Strawberry Mansion first published by SciFiNow As he stays in the home of elderly, eccentric ‘atmosphere creator’ Bella (Penny Fuller) to audit her dreams, Preble (Kentucker Audley) finds himself sharing a room with Bella’s pet Sugar Baby. This tiny tortoise spends most of his time in a pink-lit terrarium, eating strawberries. If the terrarium is…

Night Sky

Night Sky (2022)

Night Sky first published by SciFiNow. Near the end of Night Sky, someone will menacingly promise protagonist Oren (AJ Bowen) “a long excruciating couple of agonisingly painful hours while you – you helplessly wait to bleed out,” adding, “a sensation with which I think you’re pretty familiar.” Indeed, when we first meet Oren in the…

Molli and Max in the Future

Molli and Max in the Future (2023)

Molli and Max in the Future had its world première at SXSW 2023 Two strangers get to know one another on a journey to the Big City, and then intermittently reencounter one another over the course of twelve long years during which the circumstances of their separate lives evolve with the times even as their…

Tropic

Tropic (Tropique) (2022)

Tropic (Tropique) had its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2023 Tropic (Tropique) begins in water, as young people in a pool try, under test conditions, to stay on the bottom for the longest amount of time, holding their breath. Edouard Salier’s sci-fi feature is set in a near future where nations are vying…

The Unknowable

The Unknowable (2022)

Writer/director’s Zachary Donohue’s debut feature The Den (aka Hacked, 2013) was an innovative screen-life thriller, where ‘found footage’ sourced from webcams, CCTV and smartphone reveal the internet itself as an anonymous hunting ground for home invasion and horrific entrapment. Donohue’s latest work, The Unknowable, also pieces its narrative together from recordings if not quite found…

Bermuda Island

Bermuda Island (2023)

Bermuda Island (2023) Most of Adam Werth’s Bermuda Island may be set in the location of the title, where a planeload of pilots, passengers, flight attendants and FBI personnel has crash-landed in a freak storm en route from the United States to San Juan, Puerto Rico – but the film begins on the mean streets…

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations first published by BFI, 14 October 2021, to coincide with the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Includes capsules of: Frankenstein, Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Horror Express, Starship Troopers, War of the Worlds, A Scanner Darkly, 1, The Congress, Aniara With its immense world building, vast ensemble of characters, and complicated…

Vesper

Vesper (2022)

Vesper has its UK première at Grimmfest The sowing of seeds, whether literal or metaphorical, is not just an investment in the future, but a gendered activity, strongly associated with men. For in agriculture it has traditionally been men who till – and sometimes even own – the land, spreading seeds across it for their…