By Adam Ray Palmer
Today, the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme which will runs from 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of amazing film, live music, immersive experiences and more.
It showcases a fantastic line-up with six world film premieres, 13 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 25 features, 51 shorts and four VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge.
For Cineroom, the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival consists of three films that will catch and review from the capital. The trio will be Blue World Order, Neil Stryker & the Tyrant of Time and The Immigration Game – which seems scarily topical right now. Let’s hope what goes on in the latter film never happens in real life – but Trump is President so who knows. Anyway, let’s preview the three movies…
Blue World Order
A major Film Premiere Gala this year includes the UK Premiere of Blue World Order directed by Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, starring Billy Zane, Stephen Hunter, Bruce Spence, Jack Thompson. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which civilisation has crumbled. A massive electromagnetic pulse has killed all children on the planet, with the exception of Molly (Billie Rutherford), the daughter of Jake Slater (Jake Ryan). It’s like Mad Max meets Star Wars; with a seven DeLorean-car car chase in the desert. This will hopefully be a reference for other films of the future.
Neil Stryker & the Tyrant of Time
Neil Stryker & the Tyrant of Time is directed by Rob Taylor and starring David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor and Walter Koenig… a cult film in the making. Set in a future time, Neil Stryker is a hardened Elite Forces agent famous for hunting and capturing his former mentor and villainous time-traveller, ‘The Mad Scientist’. Following a magnificent escape, the Mad Scientist rains down chaos on the city in a quest for revenge. Stryker must now race through time and do battle with goblins, robots, and ten-foot killer penguins in order to save the world and rescue his son from the clutches of his infamous former mentor. This sci-fi/comedy feature is a 1980s throwback where every set, every effect, every puppet was crafted by dedicated artists.
The Immigration Game
The Immigration Game, directed by Krystof Zlatnik is set in a Europe that has closed its borders to millions of refugees. Only Germany continues to offer citizenship if you compete and survive a new TV show called “Immigration Game". The show is a manhunt through Berlin where every citizen can become a Hunter to track down refugees and stop them from winning their priceless German citizenship. In 2017, we are talking about immigration, wall-building and travel bans and the far-right being is called ‘populist’! The premise of this film could never happen right… Right?
SCI-FI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 runs from 27 April – 6 May https://sci-fi-london.com/