Academy Cinemas is pleased to fly you away to some of the most memorable Dystopias of the cinematic world with a curated selection of rare and treasured Dystopian classics by such acclaimed directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles, Terry Gilliam, Kathryn Bigelow and François Truffaut!
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Opening Night: Akira I 1988 I 125 mins I M Violence
dir. Katsuhiro Otomo
EVENING SCREENING - Saturday 20th January 8:30pm
MATINEE - Saturday 3rd February 12pm
In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment's secrets.
Brazil I 1985 I 142 mins I M Violence
dir. Terry Gilliam
EVENING SCREENING - Friday 26th January 8:30pm
MATINEE SCREENING - Sunday 18th February 12pm
Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro), he meets the woman from his daydream (Kim Greist), and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.
Strange Days I 1995 I 146 mins I R18 Violence, sexual violence & offensive language
dir. Kathryn Bigelow
EVENING SCREENING - Saturday 27th January 8:30pm
MATINEE - Sunday 11th February 12pm
Former policeman Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) has moved into a more lucrative trade: the illegal sale of virtual reality-like recordings that allow users to experience the emotions and past experiences of others. While the bootlegs typically contain tawdry incidents, Nero is shocked when he receives one showing a murder. He enlists a friend, bodyguard Mace (Angela Bassett), to help find the killer -- and the two soon stumble upon a vast conspiracy involving the police force Nero once worked for.
Centrepiece: Alphaville I 1965 I 99 mins I PG
dir. Jean-Luc Godard
EVENING SCREENING - Saturday 10th February 8:30pm
ENCORE MATINEE - Sunday 25th February 12pm
Government agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is dispatched on a secret mission to Alphaville, a dystopian metropolis in a distant corner of the galaxy. Caution is hot on the trail of rogue agent Henri Dickson (Akim Tamiroff) and a scientist named Von Braun, the creator of Alpha 60, a computer that uses mind control to rule over residents of Alphaville. Caution is aided in his quest to destroy the despotic computer ruler by Von Braun's own daughter, Natacha (Anna Karina).
Fahrenheit 451 I 1966 I 112 mins I PG Violence
dir. François Truffaut
EVENING SCREENING - Friday 2nd February 8:30pm
MATINEE - Sunday 21st January 12pm
Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag (Oskar Werner) is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife (Julie Christie) are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse (also Julie Christie), he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured.
Privilege I 1967 I 103 mins I PG
dir. Peter Watkins
EVENING SCREENING: Saturday 17th February 8:30pm
MATINEE: Sunday 4th February 12pm
Britain's biggest pop singer, Steven Shorter (Paul Jones), receives unwavering adulation and possesses total control over his rabid fans, which includes nearly the entire population. Yet Shorter is not an autonomous performer -- he is little more than a puppet for the government, promoting whatever agenda they see fit. When a beautiful artist, Vanessa Ritchie (Jean Shrimpton), is commissioned to paint his portrait, she pushes Shorter to question his obedience to his manipulative handlers.
Closing Night: The Trial I 1962 I 119 mins I PG
dir. Orson Welles
EVENING SCREENING - Friday 23rd February 8:30pm
MATINEE - Sunday 28th January 12pm
When police officers arrive at his home to tell him that he's under "open arrest," unassuming bureaucrat Josef K. (Anthony Perkins) can't imagine what kind of crime he might have committed. He consults first his neighbor (Jeanne Moreau) about the incident, then the courts, then a pompous law advocate (Orson Welles), all to no avail. Ironically, Joseph is able to learn of his sentence -- he is to be put to death -- but the nature of the charge against him remains elusive.
Special Screening: Propaganda I 2012 I 96 mins I R16 Violence & content that may disturb.
dir. Slavko Martinov
EVENING SCREENING - Friday 2nd March 8:30pm
Controversial to its core, this hard-hitting anti-Western propaganda film, which looks at the influence of American visual and consumption culture on the rest of the world from a North Korean perspective, has also been described as ‘either a damning indictment of 21st Century culture or the best piece of propaganda in a generation.’