25 July 2011

As part of our Worlds in the Making exhibition programme at FACT we have already been to the end of the world with Werner Herzog and this week we invite you to take a trip to the centre of the earth but in the comfort of our sofa-clad cinema screen The Box.

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On Wednesday 27 July we will be showing two adaptations of Jules Verne’s 1984 classic novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The book is set in Iceland and follows (mad) scientist Professor Hardwigg on his expedition to follow directions to the center of the earth depicted in an old book. As a responsible adult, he brings along his nephew, Henry, but at least he takes the initiative to employ the skills of Hans, a guide. They find the shaft and the story goes from there. As well as being a fantastic adventure story, the book has also been cited as an exploration of the journey of a man into himself questing to find out what is at his core.

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Our aptly titled Journeys to the Centre of the Earth will consist of Henry Levin’s 1959 adaptation being screened at 6.30pm. Staring James Mason, this film is full of then-spectacular special effects and has a score by Bernard Herman. Following on at 9pm will be the 2008 Eric Brevig high-tech update giving you the chance to see how the two films compare when produced 40 years apart.

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You can buy tickets for either or both of the films online here, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.

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Our final film in the Worlds in the Making series will be Under the Volcano on the 31 August. The screening will be accompanied by an introduction from the Bluecoat’s Artistic Director Bryan Biggs.

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