Sunday Sci-Fi: “Children Of Men” by Alfonso Cuarón
Sunday April 2nd, 5pm
“It should be required viewing for anyone grappling with feelings of dread about modern civilisation. Which is to say, probably everyone.” – Richard Lawson, chief critic Vanity Fair
We’re watching dystopian thriller Children of Men (2006, 1h 49m), directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Gravity, Roma) and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
It’s 2027 and the entire human race has become infertile. Britain is an authoritarian state where migrants seeking refuge are imprisoned in internment camps, social order has broken down and London is a low-level war zone. Cuarón called his film the “anti-Blade Runner”. Critically acclaimed on release but a flop at the box office, Children of Men now has cult status.
The BFI’s verdict: “Like many great cult films, this social-realist sci-fi classic has grown in stature and significance during its restless afterlife. More than a decade later, it now appears to be loaded with uncanny portents….It feels like a radical plea for empathy in dark and divided times, a tiny beacon of hope bobbing on stormy seas.”
Kairos, The Bookroom, Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street, WC2R 3HY
Come at 5pm for tea, film starts promptly at 5.30pm.
Entry is free for both Kairos members and non-members but we have limited capacity so you must reserve a ticket.