Alien Nation Film Season

Published November 16, 2016

Alien Nation Film Season celebrates sub-cultures


A series of eight films which looks at sub-cultural groups will be showing in Studio 74 between From 18 Nov – 13 Dec.

Alien Nation has been curated by Fabian’s Film CIC, a locally based production company. Each film deals with at least one sub-cultural theme around teenage/old age, class, race, gender and disability.

Dr John Sealey, Director of Fabian’s Film comments:

‘As a Community Interest Company we wanted to put together a season of films which could be both entertaining and informative. Although the themes within each film illustrates issues which might be considered as specific to certain groups – such as ageing or cultural identity – they are in fact issues which concern us all as a society and can act as a starting point in bringing people together.’


The season also includes a director Q&A and an post-screening discussion around relationships in later age, led by Corrine Bailey of Age UK.

The season is funded by the Film Hub South West and West Midlands, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.


Metro Manila (15)

Winner of a slew of awards, including Best Director at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, this thriller audaciously transposes the tropes of early American Film Noir to the streets of modern Manila.

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Ida (12)

Winner of the 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Ida follows soon-to-be nun Anna as she embarks on a voyage of discovery with her one living relative before taking her vows.

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Rust and Bone

This working-class French love story follows bouncer Ali, who dreams of becoming a professional boxer. After meeting Stephanie, the two lost souls discover new meaning in life when Ali enters the dangerous world of underground boxing.

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Dope (15)

A hit with critics and audiences alike at the Sundance Film Festival, Dope tells the story of Malcolm, carefully surviving life in a tough LA neighbourhood when a chance invitation to an underground party changes everything.

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Play (15)

An astute cinematic portrait of youth based on real life cases of bullying, Play painfully highlights the rituals and consequences of the power relationships between the new generation in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

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The Brother From Another Planet

This whimsical, nuanced sci-fi fantasy takes a fresh look at our society through the yes of an escaped slave from outer space who crash lands in Harlem and is taken in by the regulars of a local bar.

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Paradise: Love (18)

With a unique brand of realism, socio-political critique and warped humour, Paradise: Love explores the market value of sexuality through the tale of 50 year old Teresa and her vacation to Kenya as a sex tourist.

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Cloud 9

A film exploring fidelity, desire and love in the twilight years and subverting convention to present a brave account of young love in old age. Inge is a happily-married woman in her mid-sixties until her world is turned upside down.

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