A cinematic feast for sci-fi fans at Jodrell Bank Observatory on 3 and

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The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory, home to one of the largest radio telescopes in the world and world-leading centre for research in astrophysics, is to host its first ever large-scale outdoor cinematic event.  A weekend of interstellar cinema will bring you to the darkest space of the universe as we make contact with the unknown - expect evolutionary tales of artificial life, dark stars, extraterrestrial encounters and drama on a planetary scale. 

Watch the Skies! will capture man-kinds drive to explore and exploit new frontiers featuring classic science fiction films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien against the spectacular, iconic backdrop of the Lovell Telescope, alongside talks from specialists at Jodrell Bank on space probes, extra-terrestrial life and exploration of the invisible universe.

The weekend also features two exclusive world premieres and commissions from Manchester based Soup Collective, and US acclaimed electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never. 

This is a weekend not to be missed for sci-fi fans across the UK. Watch the Skies! is a flagship event in the BFI Blockbuster project SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER, presented together with 02, when more than 576 Sci-Fi screenings and events will be offered through the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), screening at least 419 titles at 124 locations nationwide.

Tickets on sale. £15 full / £12.50 conc. Visit www.abandonnormaldevices.org/wts. Track our journey #WatchtheSkies.

Notes for editors

For further press information on Watch the Skies! please contact:
Sarah Bemand at Margaret on 0207 923 2861 or sarah@margaretlondon.com

For images and more information on Jodrell Bank Observatory please contact:
Professor Tim O’Brien or Dr Teresa Anderson on 01477 571766, tim.obrien@manchester.ac.uk, teresa.anderson@manchester.ac.uk 

For more information on the BFI’s SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER please contact:
Emma Hewitt, Head of Press and PR (Acting), BFI on 020 7173 3256 or emma.hewitt(at)bfi.org.uk Ilona Cheshire, Press Officer BFI Southbank, 020 7957 8986 or ilona.cheshire@bfi.org.uk, Liz Parkinson, Assistant Press Officer, BFI Southbank 020 7957 8918 or liz.parkinson@bfi.org.uk

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