17 Jul 2017

Pop up sci-fi cinema screenings are coming to Hull this October

And you can help decide where they happen.

In your local park, school playing field or even outside your local pub? Interactive art pioneers Blast Theory want to know where you’d like to see five short sci-fi films, being screened in Hull this October.

So if you’re bored of popcorn and fancy swapping your seat for a spot beside the Humber or overlooking the docks – get in touch to have your say in choosing Hull’s best pop up cinema locations.

The films, shot on location in Hull and Aarhus, Denmark, are part of 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, jointly commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture.

Part of a year-long project that invites the people of Hull and Aarhus to imagine their cities 80 years from now, 2097: We Made Ourselves Over asks what kind of communities we want to live in, how we think challenges such as climate change might impact on us, and the spaces and places we want to see in our future cities. The project is in association with KCOM, one of Hull 2017’s Principal Partners.

Matt Adams of Blast Theory, the award-winning company behind the project, explains: “We’re filming in Hull and Aarhus with a cast of local people to capture the footage that – once treated with state of the art special effects – will become the hybrid city of Aarhull, where 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, our sci-fi story of survival, unfolds.

“The films will form the basis of free live events across Hull this Autumn, so let us know where you’d like to see them screened. Together with the interactive app and exciting live theatrical experiences, it’s going to be an unforgettable journey.”

You can send your suggestions for screening locations to Blast Theory on Facebook or Twitter, with a photo of your suggested location and the hashtag #its2097. You can also email hello@wemadeourselvesover.com. Be quick though, the deadline for submissions is Friday 21 July!

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: 2097: We Made Ourselves Over is a truly collaborative project, not only between Hull 2017 and Aarhus 2017 but also between Blast Theory and the people of Hull and the East Riding. The project began last year with a series of workshops, the outcomes of which helped form the narrative of the sci-fi films. This was followed by a cultural exchange which saw five young people from Hull travel to Aarhus, one of whom has had a film character named after her. Then earlier this year, Blast Theory asked the people of Hull to recommend locations to film at and now they want to know where you’d like to see these films being screened. It is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Hull to have their say on what is sure to be one of the highlights of our final season, Tell the World.”

Full details of the 2097: We Made Ourselves Over live public programme, happening this October, will be released in early September.

To find out more information about the project – and to watch a series of expert interviews, predicting the future of our cities – head to wemadeourselvesover.com

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