Tomorrow's World

From the seemingly far-flung dystopias where ultraviolent gangs roam post-apocalyptic wastelands, to more immediately recognisable futures in which our megacities grow out of control.

Tomorrow’s World collects the films that imagine our futures for us – shaping our days to come and filling them with fear and wonder. This is perhaps science fiction best understood as what Ray Bradbury described as ‘sociological studies of the future.’

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Science Fiction1984131 minsDirector: David Lynch

David Lynch brings Frank Herbert’s powerful novel and rich fantasy world to life in this cinematic spectacle.

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Thriller2008121 minsDirector: Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Meirelles (City of God) presents a haunting dystopian allegory about a sudden epidemic of blindness affecting humanity.

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Children of MenChildren of Men

Science Fiction2006109 minsDirector: Alfonso Cuarón

In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.

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The MatrixThe Matrix

Science Fiction1999136 minsDirector: Larry Wachowski

Hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) is drawn into a burgeoning underground rebellion against the machines that enslave humanity, in the hugely influential action sci-fi.

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Fantasy200998 minsDirector: Gerald McMorrow

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

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Silent RunningSilent Running

Science Fiction197289 minsDirector: Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.

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Welcome II the TerrordomeWelcome II the Terrordome

Drama199394 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a Black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.

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Child's PlayChild's Play

Comedy195468 minsDirector: Margaret Thomson

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

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Science Fiction201022 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Kenya’s first science-fiction film takes a dazzling trip into a post-apocalyptic world in which water has almost run out.

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Memoirs of a SurvivorMemoirs of a Survivor

Science Fiction1981111 minsDirector: David Gladwell

Julie Christie stars in an award-winning adaptation of Doris Lessing's famous dystopian novel.

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Comedy1972103 minsDirector: George Roy Hill

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

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The Final ProgrammeThe Final Programme

Science Fiction197386 minsDirector: Robert Fuest

Wild adaptation of Michael Moorcock's novel about a playboy's search for the lost designs of the perfect self-replicating human.

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Back to the FutureBack to the Future

Crime1985116 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

The beloved 1980s classic transports Marty McFly back to the 1950s, where he has to ensure his parents fall in love and get himself back to the future.

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Back to the Future Part IIBack to the Future Part II

Comedy1989108 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Marty McFly and Doc return for the fast-paced sequel that flits between 2015, 1955 and an alternate 1985 where the dastardly Biff has become rich and powerful.

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Back to the Future Part IIIBack to the Future Part III

Comedy1990118 minsDirector: Robert Zemeckis

In the series’ final entry, Marty travels back to 1885 to rescue Doc but becomes similarly stuck in the Western era when the DeLorean runs out of gas.

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Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Science Fiction196684 minsDirector: Gordon Flemyng

In a far flung future, the monstrous metallic Daleks are inhuman alien overlords of Earth. Can interplanetary time traveller Dr Who thwart them?

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Marjorie PrimeMarjorie Prime

Science Fiction201699 minsDirector: Michael Almereyda

In the near future, holograms of late loved ones provide comfort for their surviving relatives, in this intelligent and moving sci-fi exploring memory, identity, love and loss.

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Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451

Science Fiction1966112 minsDirector: François Truffaut

In the near future books are banned and reading is outlawed, forcing rebels to commit literary classics to memory.

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Woman in the MoonWoman in the Moon

Science Fiction1929170 minsDirector: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s second silent sci-fi classic after Metropolis is a space exploration saga about scheming scientists searching for gold on the moon.

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Science Fiction195593 minsDirector: Ken Hughes

A high-octane tale of atomic-era espionage on the rain-spattered streets of 1950s London.

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The RoverThe Rover

Crime2013103 minsDirector: David Michôd

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the Australian outback, from the director of Animal Kingdom.

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2001: A Space Odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey

Science Fiction1968149 minsDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick took science fiction cinema in a grandly intelligent new direction with this epic story of man’s quest for knowledge.

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A Clockwork OrangeA Clockwork Orange

Crime1971137 minsDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Malcolm McDowell stars in Kubrick’s chilling, thrilling and unsettling cinematic vision of nihilistic violence and social control.

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Artificial Intelligence A.I.Artificial Intelligence A.I.

Science Fiction2001146 minsDirector: Steven Spielberg

A robotic boy longs to become real to regain his mother's love, in this powerful Kubrick project completed by Spielberg.

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Science Fiction2014169 minsDirector: Christopher Nolan

A group of explorers attempt to navigate a wormhole in space, with the hope of saving humanity, in this sci-fi epic from Christopher Nolan.

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