The Future on Film: Strange Days

Watch Kathryn Bigelow's 1995 cyberpunk sci-fi classic, Strange Days, followed by an insightful panel discussion exploring the film's themes.

Strange Days (1995) takes place in a vision of LA torn by crime and violence on the last two days of 1999. It follows the spiralling investigations of an ex-cop who now deals in recorded memories and emotions, presenting the central paradox of VR: you cannot share someone else's reality without abandoning your own.

This cyberpunk sci-fi story from writer James Cameron and director Kathryn Bigelow offers a dark and compelling confrontation of the implications of technology by depicting so many of VRs dangers within the context of a movie itself a form of VR. Following the film screening, a panel discussion will explore the film's themes.

6pm – doors

6.30pm – film commence

8.55pm – film conclude

8.55-9.15pm – interval

9.15-10pm – panel discussion

Strange Days R18+ (medium level violence)

*This screening is part of The Future on Film series, hosted at The Capitol throughout narrm ngarrgu | MKW.

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