Funnily enough we rewatched the 1936 adaptation of HG Wells' The Shape of Things To Come over the weekend and were looking fior a way to mention it on Londonist because of the striking similarities between Everytown and here. Then we got an email informing us that a digitally restored version of the film is to open the Sci-Fi London Film Festival in May. The new version of the film is also the longest cut ever screened - at 100 minutes that's a full eight minutes longer than the rather dusty version up on Google video.
It’s Christmas 1940. The people of Everytown, unprepared and ill-equipped, find themselves at war against an enemy who has been planning a conflict for years. The land is devastated by the horrors of aerial bombardment as the war drags on until 1966 causing a period of despair, with feudal tyrants ruling a downtrodden population suffering from famine and a plague called the Wandering. Can the human race rise above their desperate situation and use science for the common good?
The festival opens with The Shape of Things To Come on the 2nd May with an additional screening plus Q & A on the 4th.
Elsewhere The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's dates have also been announced. Wednesday 17 October through Thursday 1 November 2007 is the section of your Moleskine to keep free.