4 February 2013

Stanley Kubrick, the visionary director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove and The Shining, began work on Ai in the early 70's but felt that CGI effects were not capable of producing the film he wanted. The movie was stuck in development until 1995 and Steven Spielberg's involvement began. When Kubrick died in 1997, Spielberg took on the screenplay, based on "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss.

Hayley Joel Osment plays David, a highly advanced robot that has been designed to mimic a human child exactly and has the ability to think and feel emotions. 'Cybertronics of New Jersey', David's creators, send him home for testing with one of their employees but after a confrontation with the family's other child he is forced to flee for his life, joining up with a group of 'unregistered' robots hiding in the woods.

The film combines Kubrick's and Spielberg's sensibilities and skills with Roger Ebert describing the film as 'Audacious, technically masterful, challenging, sometimes moving and ceaselessly watchable.' Both directors were quoted as wanting to make a modern version of Pinocchio, with David wanting to become a 'real boy' so that he could go back to the family and to see his mum again.

The film will be introduced by Dr David England, Principle Lecturer at the Department of Information, Media and Computer Entertainment at Liverpool John Moores University.

The film screens on Wednesday 6 February at 6:30, and tickets are available online, by phone and from the Box Office.