2001: A Space Odyssey - Opening Night Q&A Screening

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made and the touchstone for all science-fiction cinema since its original 1968 release, Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is being re-released by BFI in a magnificent digital transfer from Warner Bros. Tyneside Cinema, Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will be celebrating the return of this landmark film to cinema screens across the UK with a special Q&A screening featuring a specially convened panel including leading 2001 expert Piers Bizony, artist Joy Cuff, who worked with Kubrick on models and sketches of the Moon for 2001, and Richard Daniels, Stanley Kubrick Archivist at University of the Arts London.

The screening will coincide with the exhibition at BALTIC of a selection of important works relating to 2001, on loan from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at UAL and chosen by NFM and BALTIC. These items form part of They Used to Call it the Moon, a group exhibition exploring the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination which runs until 11 Jan 2015. An accompanying show-and-tell event about the Kubrick items will be held at BALTIC on Saturday 06 December, chaired by BALTIC’s Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli. (For more information please click here.)

The re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey is part of BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, which will be presented over three months (October - December 2014) with a historical and thematic exploration of the best of this perennially popular and visionary genre.

When: Friday 05 December, 8pm (prompt) – 11.15pm. Please note that this event starts with the Q&A.

Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. Contact  Tyneside Cinema's box office on 0845 217 9909 or in person to ask about returns.

Please note that our allocation of subsidised tickets for North East creative industry professionals has now sold out. We are not running a waiting list facility for this event as we expect very few returns or cancellations. If you wish to attend the screening you are advised to buy a ticket via Tyneside Cinema. 

This screening is supported by the BFI and the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.


About the Panellists

Piers Bizony is the author of the authoritative work The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s '2oo1: A Space Odyssey' (Taschen, 2014), a much extended and updated version of his bestselling monograph 2001: Filming the Future. Other notable projects include The Man Who Ran the Moon, which picked up rave reviews for its account of NASA's lunar-era chief administrator, Jim Webb, and Starman, a gripping biography of Yuri Gagarin (co-authored with Jamie Doran) which was optioned earlier this year. A feature film is being planned. His journalism on science and the history of technology has appeared widely in the US and the UK, in publications including The IndependentBBC Focus and Wired.

Joy Cuff is an artist who helped to create the worlds of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fahrenheit 451 and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen among many others. Her first job out of Art School was making puppet heads for Thunderbirds (1965) in the Sculptors’ workshop of AP Films. From there she wrote to MGM at Borehamwood convincing them at the age of 21 that she could build the moon sets for 2001, little realising that it was a whole moonscape she would be required to create. Her contribution to the visual realisation of 2001 is inestimable. As one commentator put it “Stanley Kubrick asked for the Moon and Joy Cuff gave it him on a stick.”

Richard Daniels is the co-editor of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives (Black Dog, 2014) and co-curated an accompanying exhibition of the same name at Work Gallery in London.He is alsoSenior Archivist and Stanley Kubrick Archivist at The University of the Arts London Archives & Special Collections Centre. The Stanley Kubrick Archive at UAL provides a unique insight into Kubrick’s filmmaking processes, including his extensive research, screenwriting and production techniques, photography and film distribution and reception.


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