London Film Festival: Stupendous visions of the future

By Kitty Knowles 6 October 2016

London Film Festival: Our picks? Sci-fi, future films & virtual reality.

The BFI London Film Festival has always been a much anticipated fixture on the capital’s cultural calendar.

This year however, you’ll be able to get an eye-opening look into the future, with the help of three phenomenal directors.

From strange sci-fi to virtual reality, do not miss our top three picks…

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Our first recommendation focuses on the ideas of eccentric visionary Werner Herzog. A superstar director in his own right (with titles like Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God to his name), Lo and Behold is a documentary that explores technology past, present and future.

Where highlights include eclectic interviews with the likes of Udacity creator Sebastian Thrun and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, you’ll also meet the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, and a bereaved family targeted by internet trolls.

Expect surprising facts about the foundations of the internet, as well as warnings of the brave new world that lies ahead. One to watch whether you consider yourself a tech fanatic or not.

In The Future, They Ate From The Finest Porcelain

Part of a collection of shorts called Future Pasts and Past Futures, this sci-fi is as much an examination of politics and archeology as it is a dystopian vision.

Watch as Søren Lind’s rebel leader buries porcelain underground in a bid to create a new elaborate history that might better their present day lives.

Depicted as a video essay, this epic story speaks of myth and counter-myth as one woman tries to subvert the hierarchy on which her nation is run.

Definitely not one to miss.


Newly unveiled this year – as the first piece of VR art ever to hit New York’s MomaCollisions is a tale of atomic bombs in the fiery Australian outback.

Made by world-renowned film director Lynette Wallworth, viewers are invited to see through the eyes of Nyarri Morgan who was living nomadically on the plains in the 1950s.

You’ll be transported to Morgan’s community, about 2000km North East of Perth, where he’ll tell you the story he has waited 70 years to share.

“It’s a powerful parable,” Wallworth told The Memo when we met her in April.

The London Film Festival runs until 16 October 2016. See the full programme here